Easter Weekend 2013

Rail, Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Virginia, photo, back bay bloggerA young rail – maybe second season – looking for a meal in the marsh.  It is rare that I see a Rail in the open.  They typically hide in the reeds and the dense brush – at least when I’m around.  A second, adult Rail was lurking in the undergrowth nearby, but was too shy to come out for a picture.

The Rail may appear to be plump and juicy, but it can actually compress its body to move between the reeds without touching them. The saying “thin as a rail” has often been attributed to this bird species.  Rails also tend to walk everywhere rather than fly – or drive. Or take the bus.

Rail, Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Virginia, photo, back bay bloggerIMG_2397 bbb ed





 


I think this particular bird is the King Rail, as opposed to the Virginia Rail, but would appreciate a confirmation or correction from any experts who happen by.

This was such an unusual encounter (for me), I actually stopped taking pictures and sat down on the trail to watch the bird as it foraged in the water just a few feet away.  I quietly observed the Rail for a good fifteen, almost twenty seconds, when a couple of banshees on bicycles came barrelling around the bend and scared the poor little bird into the next county. Thanks guys! For some reason I thought the Bay Trail was for hikers only. I must have misread the signs.

Snake, Water Moccasin, Eastern Cottonmouth, Agkistrodon piscivorus piscivorus, Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Virginia, photo, back bay blogger, baby

 

To the right: A baby Moccasin in the reeds.
(Click on images to enlarge.)


Common Water Snake, Nerodia sipedon sipedon, Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Virginia, photo, back bay blogger




Common Water Snake enjoying some sun.






Below: A couple of Water Moccasins. (aka Eastern Cottonmouth)

Snake, Water Moccasin, Eastern Cottonmouth, Agkistrodon piscivorus piscivorus, Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Virginia, photo, back bay bloggerSnake, Water Moccasin, Eastern Cottonmouth, Agkistrodon piscivorus piscivorus, Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Virginia, photo, back bay blogger

Brown Water Snake, Nerodia taxispilota, Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Virginia, photo, back bay blogger

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