Saturday, December 23, 2006

A Rare Bird

Although I wasn't feeling very well, Robb convinced me to drive out to Arrowhead Marsh near the Oakland Airport, which is home to the Federally Endangered California Clapper Rail.

This is a very rare and shy bird, whose quickly-disappearing backside we often see at this marsh. The fact that they are crepuscular (active at dusk) makes for some particularly lousy photographs. Some of the pictures I took had the quality of photos of Big Foot or the Loch Ness Monster.

Here's a map of the range of this bird, where you can see how few homes remain for this interesting chicken-sized creature.

We did see other birds.

Buffleheads. (Love that name!)

And the eternally crabby-looking Anna's Hummingbird.

1 comment:

ericaflory said...

you know the only thing missin from your pics? animal sounds to go with em! :)


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