Previously known as the Clapper Rail ~ This sub-species of the Clapper Rail, the "Light-footed", was photographed on November 25. 2011 in Imperial Beach in the San Diego area, during a very high tide.
As of July 2014, the Clapper Rail in west is now named Ridgway's Rail. ~ This pair of endangered "Clapper" Rails was taken in the marshy Tijuana Estuary in Imperial Beach, California. They were hiding in this small bush on the edge, after the high tide flooded most of their habitat. As reclusive as they are, they didn't seem to be worried about my nearby presence.
Previously known as the Clapper Rail, as of July 2014, is Ridgway's Rail. ~ The day after Thanksgiving there was a +7.1 ft. tide on the west coast. I headed out to Imperial Beach, wanting to see the very high tide in the estuary there, hoping to see this "Light-footed" Clapper Rail. They are usually well hidden in the salt marsh grass; in higher tides, they lose their cover. This dangerously discloses them to predators; however it makes them good subjects for photographers.