Ridgeway's Rail, Ralius obsoletus:
Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve; Huntington, California
Until recently the Ridgway’s Rail was considered a subspecies of the Clapper Rail. It is found in California from San Francisco Bay to Baja California. While shooting at the Bolsa Chica Wetlands a few days ago I spotted this rail on the muddy banks of the estuary. It stood in place for a quarter hour just watching its surroundings and preening on occasion. Though the sky was overcast the soft light rendered the rich colors in the plumage of this beautiful bird.
Nikon D800, Nikkor 500mm f4, 1/80 second @f8, ISO 800