My first sora rail

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

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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.

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The grackle was picking the fuzz off of the cattails.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.
    K

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