The picture of this Clapper Rail was taken at Oceanside Nature Center, Hemstead, NY. This beauty with wing extended came out briefly from the salt marsh undercover so that I was allowed to get a good capture of what seems to me as the quintessential salt marsh bird. The Clapper Rail is one of the species critically affected by the BP Gulf Oil disaster.
I’ve written a book on tidal wetlands to be published by the University of Massachusetts Press in 2013 and am looking for a few photos of salt marsh birds for a one-page figure. I found your clapper rail photo online and thought it would be great to show it with the other bird photos I have. Would you be willing to let me use it for this book (Tidal Wetlands Primer)? I’m also looking for a photo of the salt marsh sharp-tailed sparrow.
Thanks for your consideration.