A Virginia Rail and its reflection

A Virginia Rail and its reflectionA Virginia Rail and its reflection – Nikon D810, f7.1, 1/1250, ISO 640, Nikkor 500mm VR with 1.4x TC, natural light

I am always thrilled when a Virginia Rail comes out into the open because typically they are shy, secretive marsh birds. They blend so easily into their habitat so that most of the time I only see a small portion of their body before they disappear. A few times in the past couple of weeks I have been able to see and photograph adult and juvenile Virginia Rails at Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge and that has delighted me.

Life is good.



  1. Elephant's Child August 31, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    Just gorgeous.

  2. Liz Cormack August 31, 2015 at 6:51 am

    Such a pretty bird & I love the reflection.

  3. Bob Mcpherson August 31, 2015 at 5:42 am

    Beautiful picture, Mia.

  4. Patty Chadwick August 31, 2015 at 5:36 am

    What a beautiful, beautiful image!!! I like everything about it. The bird, the colors, the water, the reflection and the composition. Wonderful!!! That is such a curvy, pretty bird…WOW! Mia..this is a great one!

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