It always feels so special to see a rail. But unlike many of them, this Sora was totally brazen; walking across open water in full view to get from grassy clump to grassy clump. When it disappeared into the reeds and did not emerge, I drove on, only to see another one slinking among the grasses close to the bank. The very first time I saw one it was doing something similar; walking in and out of the reeds in full view at Unit 1 at Salton Sea. Even though they are wide-spread, I see and hear them less than other rails. In fact, this is only the third time in 20 years that I have seen one. Good thing they are so distinctive looking. Meet life bird 467.