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

Virginia Rail (Unique ID: 1005)
Virginia Rail
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Species: Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola)
Location: Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, Stafford County, Kansas, United States
Age: chick/nestling     Plumage: downy     Activity: perching/standing
Sex: ---     Visibility: full body     Quantity: single
Photographer: David Seibel     Date: May 26, 2006
Equipment: Canon EOS 20D and Canon 500mm f/4L IS     Megapixels: 4.0

Notes: This was one of a large family (6-8 chicks and 2 adults) that I was lucky enough to see crossing the gravel road on the wildlife loop in mid-afternoon. They did not stay out in the open for long! The parents and chicks called back and forth to each other, the chicks giving soft, high-pitched, descending whistles, until the last chick was safely hidden in the reeds. The chicks were about the size of mice (perhaps 3 inches from head to toe) and just as quick, lowering their heads and scurrying across the road faster than I could follow with the camera.


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