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Taxonomy: Order Gruiformes >> Family Rallidae >> Genus Laterallus

Black Rail (Unique ID: 1080)
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Species: Black Rail (Laterallus jamaicensis)
Location: Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, Stafford County, Kansas, United States
Age: adult     Plumage: basic/year-round     Activity: walking/running
Sex: ---     Visibility: full body     Quantity: single
Photographer: David Seibel     Date: May 31, 2008
Equipment: Canon EOS 1D Mark II N and Canon 500mm f/4L IS     Megapixels: 5.6

Notes: This sparrow-sized rail is so secretive and nocturnal that it is one of the most difficult species in North America to see, let alone to photograph. After years of unsuccessful attempts, fellow photographer Bob Gress and I collaborated to capture several images of this bird one dark spring night. See the whole story and more images here.

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