Any of 127 species of slender, somewhat chicken-shaped marsh birds, with short rounded wings, short tail, large feet, and long toes, of the family Rallidae (order Gruiformes). The name is sometimes used to include coots and gallinules, which belong to the same family, but coots and gallinules are far more ostentatious. Coots and gallinules flock like ducks, swim in open water, and waddle conspicuously on shore. By contrast, rails are secretive birds, hiding among reeds at the water’s edge by day and uttering their calls mostly at night.

Rails are distributed throughout the world, except in high latitudes

Photographed in Ste. Rita, Manitoba, Canada
Canon EOS Rebel XTi; Sigma 150-500mm lens @500mm

Self taught photographer enjoying retirement in travel and meeting fellow members of Redbubble.

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  • Kay Kempton Raade
    Kay Kempton Raadeover 4 years ago

    You have the safety filter on, I don’t see anything that should be hidden!! Lovely rail!!

  • Oh Kay, I was having such trouble last night on RB trying to upload this, I thought I had it hideen not safetied, lol. I will get to it now and fix things along with my write up. Many thanks for viewing

    – Vickie Emms

  • Teresa Zieba
    Teresa Ziebaover 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture hon. Were you out with your camera today?

  • thank you so much hon, yes I was, trying to capture the Sandhills doing the mating dance,,,,,,,,,then Fred spotted this in the ditch, this is a first for me, Have never seen one before.

    – Vickie Emms

  • Elaine  Manley
    Elaine Manleyover 4 years ago

    excellent !

  • thank you so much Lu

    – Vickie Emms

  • Virginia N. Fred
    Virginia N. Fredover 4 years ago

    He blends in so well, wonderfully done

  • thanks so much Gina, yes it sure was camouflaged – my husband noticed it as we passed by, I didn’t see a thing, lol

    – Vickie Emms

  • Leslie van de Ligt
    Leslie van de ...over 4 years ago

    He is nicely camo’d Sis but a great shot. :>)) Leslie

  • thank you sis,,,,,,,he sure was thinking he was unseen

    – Vickie Emms

  • Barb Miller
    Barb Millerover 4 years ago

    Love the natural look here. God sure provides them with a way to blend into their enviroment. Well done. Barb

  • thank you Barb

    – Vickie Emms

  • Barb Miller
    Barb Millerover 4 years ago

  • tcat757
    tcat757over 4 years ago

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • Bobjarrett
    Bobjarrettover 4 years ago

    Wonderful almost hidden in the grasses!

  • it was hidden to me, my husband noticed it
    Thanks Bob

    – Vickie Emms

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