[Mystery bird] King Rail, also known as the Marsh Hen or the Freshwater Marsh Hen, Rallus elegans, photographed at Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge, Anahuac, Texas. [I will identify this bird for you in 48 hours]
Image: Joseph Kennedy, 26 May 2010 [larger view].
Nikon D200, Kowa 883 telescope with TSN-PZ camera eyepiece 1/400s f/8.0 at 1000.0mm iso400.
Please name at least one field mark that supports your identification.
Today’s Mystery Bird seems a bit confused about its own identity, maybe you can help by identifying its species? (and maybe you know what I am referring to when I write this? If so, please do share!)
This is a King Rail, so-named because it is the largest North American rail species. This species interbreeds with the similar-in-appearance Clapper Rail where their ranges overlap, leading some scientists to think they are actually the same species [another picture of a Clapper Rail].