Lifer Clapper Rail at Merritt Island NWR

January 25, 2015 -  It turned out that a Sora and a Clapper Rail were both feeding along the edge of the vegetation.... The poor little Sora was jealous....  Everybody was taking photos of the Clapper while the Sora foraged wide out in the open.... Read more

Sunrise with a Sora – Circle B Bar Reserve

November 21, 2011 - After the sunrise, I focused on birds in flight with The Beast.  The Blue-Winged Teals are roosting on the waters in pretty good numbers, and they tend to take off in groups.  They are really fast, though, and it is hard to get focused on them before they sweep past…... Read more


Bittern-ly Chilly Morning at the Circle B Bar Reserve

January 15, 2011 - The sun shone on the landscape for about fifteen minutes, then it went behind clouds for most of the "golden light hour." I didn't hike as much as usual, opting instead to stalk specific birds, especially the Sora on Heron Hideout and the American Bitterns on Marsh Rabbit Run.... I…... Read more


Diving Hoodies at Viera Wetlands

December 28, 2010 - Belted Kingfisher We approached the spot where I thought I saw a Sora on our last trip to Viera.  He dove into the reeds when we  got out of the car to photograph him.  So this time we stayed in the car, rolled down the windows, and shot away.  We…... Read more

Little Birds Galore at Circle B Bar Reserve

March 20, 2010 - Least Sandpiper We saw several soras today.  They migrate through Polk County, so you only see them for a couple of weeks each year.... Sora This little blue heron was stalking fish in the marshy dollarweed.  When I first saw him, I thought he would better be named a gray…... Read more