I often refer to The Sibley Guide to Birds for identification and information on birds. This terrific book says that Rails are “shy and secretive” I agree. I spend a lot of time in marshes looking for photographic subjects and, although I hear them quite often, I rarely see these beautiful birds. This afternoon as I photographed a Black-crowned Night Heron, a Clapper Rail walked out onto the mud just in front of me and could not have cared less that I photographed its actions for several minutes. To him I say, thank you!