It was fun to find a Sora foraging in one of the channels at the Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge in DeLand Florida. They are a small secretive bird that forages for food in the shallow waters in the Refuge. This was the only one I have ever seen, plus have the opportunity to photograph. Usually they are hidden in the vegetation as they are feeding. They seem to constantly move pecking in the water looking for snails and other food. This was an interesting visit because I was also able to photograph the Limpkin on the same visit.
Nice captures, Reed. I’ve read that Soras can be hard to spot– well done!
Thanks! This is the only one I have ever seen! So when I was photographing it I had No idea what it was!
I’ve never seen one of these, love that tail!! Nice shots, Reed!
Thanks Donna! It was fun to see and photograph! Plus it was something different to photograph!
A new bird for me. Very nice, Reed!
Thanks Belinda! It was a new one for me also!
These are fantastic photos, Reed! We have them in our area in Southern Palm Beach County, but they are always so elusive and well-hidden, as you describe. Even when I can’t see them quite well, it’s next to impossible to get such a clear excellent shot as you have done. How fortunate and unusual to see a Sora foraging right out in the open as this one is.
Thanks so much! I was surprised because I had never seen one before. It did seem very skiddish, but was very busy feeding in the shallow water, darting back and worth.
Nice that you got a lifer, Reed. Good study of the behavior.
Thanks Steve! It was fun to watch foraging! Also fun to photograph!