Clapper

Marine ParkClapper Rails (Rallus longirostris)* are more often heard than seen. They are named after the clapping-like “kek” sound they make, the soundtrack behind our saltwater and brackish marshes. Several years ago, before the big rehab of the Saltmarsh Center at Marine Park, I had my best view of this species. One kept emerging from the reeds as I sat just a couple of yards away, to forage and carry its food back into the reeds; for its young, I assumed. And now, post-reconstruction of the marsh, I’ve spotted another… barely. Do you see it? That’s a preening Snowy Egret (Egretta thula) there on the right.closerLet’s get a little closer in this awful light for photography. That’s a Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca) in the water in the foreground.Rallus longirostrisAnd closer still.Rallus longirostris*Update: in 2014, this species was split into two by the High Lords of Ornithology: the Atlantic, like this one, Rallus crepitant, and the California/Arizona, R. obsoletus.

5 Responses to “Clapper”


  1. 1 Elizabeth August 6, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    My best view ever was one that came out into the open and preened for 15 minutes! Mostly they’re a quick view as they run across the open space between two stands of reeds.

  2. 3 peter August 6, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    Very nice…glad to see Marine Park prospering well……a rebirth !


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