Rails - Patrick J. Blake Photography
An inlet in the southeastern corner of Serpentine Lake in the Christmas Mountains.  Water flowing downhill from the nearby mountains empties into this small pond, which continues to flow into the much larger Serpentine Lake.  Our research team would often see bald eagles and western osprey fishing the waters of Serpentine Lake.<br />
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Although this pond is very shallow, it is also very tranquil, with a small series of waterfalls just to the left, where the mountain streams empties into the pond.  It takes little imagination to consider putting a cabin near the shore here.<br />
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Photo taken 19 June 2010.

Sora (juvenile)
Porzana carolina
Stony Swamp Conservation Area (Jack Pine Trail), Nepean, Ontario
23 August 2009

A juvenile sora had been reported on the Jack Pine Trail earlier in the week.  Melanie and I took a group of friends out birding, in the hopes of catching a glimpse of this young bird.  Fortune was on our side this morning, as the sora made an appearance and came into view several times before vanishing into the reeds.

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