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Virginia Rail 2/3

Posted by Julie L. Brown, Photobirder (Indianapolis, Indiana, United States) on 24 March 2015 in Animal & Insect and Portfolio.

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Cape May, New Jersey
Cape May Point

A larger crop allows for a closer view of the bird's head, bill, and feather textures. The second image in the mini-series shows the slats of the railing clearly visible in the reflection of the eye.

Seeing this species was a lifer for me. Unfortunately, the circumstances that allowed me such a close view were not optimal. The lighter areas on the edge of the frame are out of focus slats of a dune crossover railing. The bird was resting on the ground-not moving or reacting to people walking past or stopping to look and take photos. Our workshop leader identified it and speculated that it was either exhausted, ill, or injured. We found out later that someone had found the bird near the street and had put it behind the crossover boardwalk to give it some shelter. We learned the next day that it was gone. We hoped that it had recovered and was able to fly away unharmed.

The Virginia Rail is normally found in freshwater marshes. Described as: "A secretive bird of freshwater marshes, the Virginia Rail most often remains hidden in dense vegetation." Field marks include: "Rufous throat and breast; Gray cheeks; Long, slightly curved red bill."

Last year (October 6-12) I traveled to southern New Jersey for "Cape May Magic" an American Birding Association workshop conducted by Mark Garland and Pat & Clay Sutton . It was a wonderful week of birding and learning about birds, although it was rainy and very windy. The storm, a nor'easter (a cyclonic storm that moves along the east coast of North America. It’s called “nor’easter” because the winds over coastal areas blow from a northeasterly direction) , lasted most of the week. As a result, the conditions were generally very challenging for bird photography. Despite the weather, I enjoyed it so much that I spent another five days there in mid-October 2014. Due to its location at the end of a peninsula bordered by Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, Cape May , New Jersey is a migrant trap and one of the top birding destinations in North America.

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Focales from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Great details and capture

24 Mar 2015 5:35am

jay from MUMBAI, India

Nice Crisp Sharp Shot !!

24 Mar 2015 8:07am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

A very precise and detailed portrait here.

24 Mar 2015 8:54am

Dimitrios from ATHENS, Greece

stunning shot*****

24 Mar 2015 9:31am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Love it. Excellent.The details are superb.

24 Mar 2015 10:35am

Anita from West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States

Although the story of this bird is sad, the photo is excellent. Great details.

24 Mar 2015 11:50am

Robert D. Burr from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Lovely detail

24 Mar 2015 12:53pm

jean pierre from paris, France

superbe prise!! amitiés

24 Mar 2015 4:05pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Exquisite detail captured in this close-up!!
The plumage is in such perfect form he must have just finished preening. 5*****

24 Mar 2015 9:27pm

@Steven: Thank you, Steven.

beach from Oshawa, Ontario, Canada


24 Mar 2015 10:06pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

This is fantastic, Julie!! Wow...Denny is speechless!!

25 Mar 2015 1:12am

@Denny Jump Photo: Thanks, Denny.

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

brilliant work! the detail is just out of this world - every single feather can be clearly seen!

25 Mar 2015 2:15am

@DarkElf: Thank you!

L'Angevine from Angers, France

excellente prise avec ce cadrage et les couleurs puis ces plumes,bravo

25 Mar 2015 8:50am

♡ Isa from Vaucluse, France

Magnifique macro !

25 Mar 2015 3:41pm


Splendide portrait, je suis fan !
Bonne fin de journée

25 Mar 2015 3:55pm

Aigleloup from Rebecq, Belgium

Great shot. Nice picture

25 Mar 2015 4:43pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice!
very nice!
L O V E L Y !!!
Congratulations! :)

25 Mar 2015 8:10pm

@omid: Thank you, Omid.

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

. . and Congratulations on the Color Spotlight, too - well deserved.

25 Mar 2015 8:31pm

@Ronnie 2¢: Thank you very much, Ronnie.

LauraS from Chico, United States

Very special shot. Love the focus, close up. Beautiful. Congratulations on the Spotlight.

25 Mar 2015 9:24pm

Josep from Barcelona, Spain

Excellent closeup !! The textures are shown here in an impressive way.

25 Mar 2015 10:54pm



26 Mar 2015 3:13am

estel from bastia, France

Félicitations pour ce spotlight!

26 Mar 2015 5:54am

KriKridesign from Suisse, Switzerland

c'est superbe de délicatesse!

26 Mar 2015 8:37am

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Amazing detail in this beautiful image Julie, I do hope it recovered and flew away

26 Mar 2015 11:45am

@Doug: Thank you, Doug. I hope so too.

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Beautiful portraait ! Congratulations on the Spotlight !

26 Mar 2015 2:43pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Congratulations on your SPOTLIGHT

26 Mar 2015 4:40pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Back to congratulate you on your well-deserved Spotlight!!

26 Mar 2015 5:36pm

@Steven: Thank you very much, Steven.

Anne from France

This is just incredible! The accuracy makes me feel I'm gonna touch this bird! Congratulations!

26 Mar 2015 7:34pm

@Anne: Thank you, Annie. I'm glad you find it compelling.

Baldwin Vandewalle from Bejuma, Venezuela

Stunning closeup of this beautiful bird ... the details of the feathers and the eyes are wonderful !!!
Congratulations on the Spotlight ...

27 Mar 2015 7:12pm

Marie-France from Angers, France

Splendide ! félicitations pour le spot !

27 Mar 2015 7:16pm

Marie from VILLEJUIF, France

superbe prise.

28 Mar 2015 8:18pm

Kent from Herrljunga, Sweden

Lovely portrait

28 Mar 2015 9:39pm

This image has been featured in 3 Remix collections.

PASTELS by KriKridesign

lovely birds 2015 by omid

Beautiful Birds by Ruthiebear