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Virginia Rail 4-20150424 | by Kenneth Cole Schneider
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Virginia Rail 4-20150424

As I approached the small marsh I heard a Sora call. One flew up from close by and I could not get a shot. Eventually I could hear at least four Soras calling. After standing quietly for about a half hour I also heard a Virginia Rail's call. Although I have seen this species before, I have never photographed one. Suddenly not one but two Virginia Rails appeared at the edge of the high reeds, moving from left to right. I took over 50 photos but never got a clear shot of the first. I had to shoot through the high grasses. The second one surprised me and was running, so I did not even get it in my viewfinder. Then a Sora walked out and wove its way in and out of the vegetation. Same story-- not once did it appear without something blocking my shot.

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Uploaded on April 24, 2015