Audio of eastern black rail adult and chicks in a South Carolina marsh. Provided/Christy Hand/DNR
Tony Bartelme is senior projects reporter for The Post and Courier. He has earned national honors from the Nieman, Scripps, Loeb and National Press foundations and is a three-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Reach him at 843-937-5554 and @tbartelme
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For avid birders, the eastern black rail is the holy grail of bird sightings. Searching for this mysterious and threatened bird reveals a tale of mystery and obsession.