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Photographs of Sora Rail

Location: Attenborough Nature Reserve, Nottinghamshire[info] (52.8997, -1.235704 [Google Maps] [maps.live.com] [multimap])
Dates: started Tuesday, 28th December 2004
At the end of December a rare Sora Rail arrived in Nottinghamshire, a long way from its usual stomping grounds in America (perhaps migrating when it got pushed off course by one of the many hurricanes this year?). There have only been around a dozen ever seen in the UK, so it attracted quite a bit of attention. Some week or so after it first appeared I got a chance to see it in person, and after only a few minutes of waiting it not only appeared, but almost walked right up to the waiting crowd.

The photographs below show quite clearly what distinguishes this bird from other rails - the beak colour, the white on the tail, even the white dot near the eye.
PC284713
2:19pm, 28th December 2004
Camera: Olympus C750UZ
PC284713
Big 2288x1712, 766KB
Large 1600x1197, 457KB
Medium 800x599, 153KB
Small 400x300, 57KB
PC284717
2:19pm, 28th December 2004
Camera: Olympus C750UZ
PC284717
Big 2288x1712, 727KB
Large 1600x1197, 435KB
Medium 800x599, 145KB
Small 400x300, 55KB
PC284718
2:19pm, 28th December 2004
Camera: Olympus C750UZ
PC284718
Big 2288x1712, 739KB
Large 1600x1197, 445KB
Medium 800x599, 149KB
Small 400x300, 55KB
PC284729
2:24pm, 28th December 2004
Camera: Olympus C750UZ
PC284729
Big 2288x1712, 815KB
Large 1600x1197, 393KB
Medium 800x599, 118KB
Small 400x300, 46KB
PC284731
2:24pm, 28th December 2004
Camera: Olympus C750UZ
PC284731
Big 2288x1712, 828KB
Large 1600x1197, 483KB
Medium 800x599, 154KB
Small 400x300, 55KB
PC284731, cropped
2:24pm, 28th December 2004
Camera: Olympus C750UZ
PC284731, cropped
Medium 737x529, 156KB
Small 400x287, 32KB
PC284732
2:24pm, 28th December 2004
Camera: Olympus C750UZ
PC284732
Big 2288x1712, 820KB
Large 1600x1197, 478KB
Medium 800x599, 151KB
Small 400x300, 54KB
PC284732, cropped
2:24pm, 28th December 2004
Camera: Olympus C750UZ
PC284732, cropped
Medium 621x545, 107KB
Small 400x351, 36KB
PC284733
2:24pm, 28th December 2004
Camera: Olympus C750UZ
PC284733
Big 2288x1712, 776KB
Large 1600x1197, 443KB
Medium 800x599, 137KB
Small 400x300, 51KB
PC284733, cropped
2:24pm, 28th December 2004
Camera: Olympus C750UZ
PC284733, cropped
Large 957x681, 282KB
Medium 800x569, 112KB
Small 399x284, 29KB
PC284734
2:24pm, 28th December 2004
Camera: Olympus C750UZ
PC284734
Big 2288x1712, 844KB
Large 1600x1197, 492KB
Medium 800x599, 155KB
Small 400x300, 55KB
PC284734, cropped
2:24pm, 28th December 2004
Camera: Olympus C750UZ
PC284734, cropped
Medium 669x529, 152KB
Small 400x316, 35KB
PC284735
2:24pm, 28th December 2004
Camera: Olympus C750UZ
PC284735
Big 2288x1712, 761KB
Large 1600x1197, 435KB
Medium 800x599, 134KB
Small 400x300, 50KB
PC284736
2:24pm, 28th December 2004
Camera: Olympus C750UZ
PC284736
Big 2288x1712, 808KB
Large 1600x1197, 468KB
Medium 800x599, 148KB
Small 400x300, 54KB
PC284737
2:24pm, 28th December 2004
Camera: Olympus C750UZ
PC284737
Big 2288x1712, 817KB
Large 1600x1197, 607KB
Medium 800x599, 201KB
Small 400x300, 68KB
PC284737, altered
2:24pm, 28th December 2004
Camera: Olympus C750UZ
PC284737, cropped, altered
Small 406x498, 126KB
Twitchers
2:00pm, 28th December 2004
Camera: Olympus C750UZ
Twitchers
Big 2288x1712, 820KB
Large 1600x1197, 580KB
Medium 800x599, 184KB
Small 400x300, 60KB

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