Monday, May 5, 2014

Mating Soras

I took Erika to see the Soras that John Holden and I discovered last Wednesday. We  had no trouble finding the birds. Two Soras strolled along the edge of their tiny cattail pool, one bird following the other. They ducked into the vegetation. The second bird, presumably the male, walked on top of the first. In the upper photograph, you can see the male’s toes on the female’s back. Then the pair performed a cloacal kiss, the male fluttering on the top (presumably to keep his balance), and the female raising her tail on the bottom (see second photo). I can’t imagine that too many photos exist of Soras in action.

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