My first sora rail


As I walked around the small lake, I saw nothing unusual. A cormorant swimming by.


A female anhinga posed for me with her funny face. Anhingas are common at this lake. They sit on the boardwalk rail and don’t even move when someone jogs by.


The grackle was picking the fuzz off of the cattails.


It was getting late, I had about half an hour before I lost the light. I was beginning to think I wouldn’t see the Sora rail that had been spotted here a week earlier. I was on the last section of the lake when I saw something moving in the reeds along the edge.


I found him! My first sora rail. Soras aren’t that rare here but I keep missing them at the parks in the area. I finally found one and was able to get a shot. It was after 7pm at this point so I snapped a couple of pictures and then headed back to my car.


He was busy feeding. There were two soras there but they stayed pretty far apart. They camouflage into the reeds pretty well so I was excited that I found him. This park is only 5 minutes from my office. There usually isn’t too much to see because there are so many joggers and dog walkers after work but it’s a nice way to spend an hour and wait for traffic to ease up.


Of course, I had to take a picture of the local pond gator. He was a tiny one.


Last shot before getting in my car and heading home.

8 thoughts on “My first sora rail

  1. The only birds (not counting pigeons) we saw in Italy were cormorants. I like them.
    I just love the name “grackle” and I think the anhinga is gorgeous.
    Congratulations on adding the sora rail to your list. I can see how well camouflaged it is.

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