Sora ~ This little rail is a secretive and shy "stealth" bird, fairly common in wetlands and marshes, but often hard to see. This was cropped a lot, so isn't as sharp as I would like, but I was thrilled to get any pictures at all. San Jacinto Wildlife Area, California.
Female Common Mergansers ~ These mergansers were photographed at the Riverside National Cemetary. As you can see, they are alive and well :-) I liked the way they seemed to be swimming in formation....the military influence?
~ The reflections on the lake surface adds color and interest to this pretty duck. Seccombe Lake, San Bernardino, CA.