Black Rail in colored pencil and graphite, now complete with a hint of context. This is a very tough bird to see because its tiny, secretive, and usually silent. During spring it sings it’s famous “kick-ee-doo” from the marsh. If one is lucky, during the King tides of winter, a brief glimpse is possible. I’ve been lucky and seen this species 14 times, but that is stretched out over 35 years. Recently the Black Rails have been calling from the Alviso Marina, and that’s why I wanted to draw this portrait.