Yellow Rail

Coturnicops noveboracensis

ML102078561


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eBird Checklist S46046660
Munuskong WMA
Chippewa, Michigan, United States
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Latitude and Longitude 46.1935, -84.3163 Map

Age
Unknown
Sex
Male
Behaviors
Breeding
Tags

Media notes

Bright yellow bill in breeding season makes this a male, as females maintain a darker olivaceous bill year round

Observation details

This is a VS FMO sighting - which stands for Very Special Found My Own! Unexpectedly heard the click-click, click-click-click of two pebbles knocking mid-afternoon. Thank you to Alan, who upon hearing it himself, insisted we had to get closer. With infinite patience, we got so close to this invisible skulker, I feared that taking a step might crush him. Had no idea until he popped out a few feet away that yellow rails either create tunnels beneath the sedge mat or use tunnels created by other small mammals. This fellow popped out like a mouse or a winter wren for a few seconds, took one look at us and disappeared. Appreciating the great honor bestowed upon us, actual visibility in broad daylight, we retreated.

Technical Information

Model
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
Lens model
EF500mm f/4L IS II USM +1.4x III
f-stop
f/9.0
Focal length
700 mm
Shutter speed
1/1000 sec
ISO
1600
Flash
Flash did not fire, auto
Original file size
2,536KB
Dimensions
3985 x 2846

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