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A secretive bird of freshwater marshes, the Virginia Rail most often remains hidden in dense vegetation. It possesses many adaptations for moving through its habitat, including a laterally compressed body, long toes, and flexible vertebrae. Small, chicken-like marsh bird with a compact body, short tail, and strong legs. Rufous throat and breast, gray cheeks with a long, slightly curved red bill.
This is Yacht Basin Road. It is noted as a place that Rails visit. It is at the intersections of a canal, Rollover Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. I was standing right next to this one when I spotted the slight turn around movement.