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Clapper Rails.  Russell Burgess Coast Preserve, NE Horry County, SC.  July 2022.

I spotted one adult first casually hunting beside the boardwalk.  It would call occasionally and be answered.  Eventually the second bird emerged from the grass, along with the three black tennis balls.  Mom and Dad would wander around, catching fiddler crabs and then hustling back to the young.  They hit the jackpot with the recently deceased fish and were appropriately mouthful mournful.  The family remained visible for at least 15 minutes, moving along open areas around and under the boardwalk, before disappearing into the marsh.

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9 hours ago, Charlie Spencer said:

Clapper Rails.  Russell Burgess Coast Preserve, NE Horry County, SC.  July 2022.

I spotted one adult first casually hunting beside the boardwalk.  It would call occasionally and be answered.  Eventually the second bird emerged from the grass, along with the three black tennis balls.  Mom and Dad would wander around, catching fiddler crabs and then hustling back to the young.  They hit the jackpot with the recently deceased fish and were appropriately mouthful mournful.  The family remained visible for at least 15 minutes, moving along open areas around and under the boardwalk, before disappearing into the marsh.

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6 hours ago, Charlie Spencer said:

Every January I swear I'll learn to take video.  By February I've forgotten about it.

 

1 hour ago, stitch58 said:

Same here, that’s why I wasn’t prepared 😕.

In all the years that I've had video capability, 15 years or more, I have only made a handful of videos and most of them were to document maintenance issues with my previous landlady. I don't even think of shooting video of birds unless I specifically set out with video in mind before hand, such as when I know we'll be hand feeding birds at my nephew's cottage. I suppose I should sign up with you guys for lessons on how to get more out of our cameras....I'll make sure to look into that later. Words I have never used before on this subject. 😇

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14 hours ago, stitch58 said:

Sorry for the quality, was shot handheld with a 100-600 zoom on a very windy day with the built in mic.

Hey, how many chicks are in there?  I thought it was four but the far right black blob moved at the very end.  Five?  :classic_ohmy:

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On 7/10/2022 at 1:02 PM, Charlie Spencer said:

Hey, how many chicks are in there?  I thought it was four but the far right black blob moved at the very end.  Five?  :classic_ohmy:

Don't remember for sure but I think it was 5. Here's a still from then & I think you can make out 2 back in the grass.

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