Bath Time

Clapper Rails are generally rather secretive and elusive birds. They can often be heard loudly squawking while hidden in among the reeds in the salt marsh, but rarely are they seen. Occasionally a clapper can be spotted out in the open and earlier this week I found this one that decided now was the perfect time for a bath!

The rail splashed around in the salt water making sure all the feathers got a good rinsing. Then once the bathing portion of the day was concluded, it scurried out of the water and back to the hidden safety provided by the reeds.

Clapper Rail Bathing in the Salt Marsh

Clapper Rail Bathing in the Salt Marsh

Clapper Rail Bathing in the Salt Marsh

Clapper Rail Bathing in the Salt Marsh

18 thoughts on “Bath Time

    • These rails really are interesting and expressive birds. I’m glad I got a chance to show some here because I do not see them very often. I hear them cackling and yacking out there but often they stay hidden.

    • It’s funny because there is a fresh water area they could go to but I rarely see one there so I guess they are fine with the salt water. The alligators I see in the salt marsh will not stay there for long, the salt will get to them after a while and they go back to fresh water areas.

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