I’ve been hearing Virginia Rails at Spring Canyon during migration since I first started Birding over 4 years ago but have never been able to see or photograph one. They aren’t very big and they are very shy. I finally got a glimpse and a few poor quality pictures of one this morning. The sun hadn’t made it above the canyon walls when I first heard a pair calling in the cattails along a slough just below the dam at Lake Meredith. I parked the truck and sat there in the cold waiting for the sunrise when I caught a glimpse of something swimming in the slough. I focused the camera on an American Coot and then saw something smaller on the near bank. I changed focus and took a few quick shots of the rail. Surprisingly, he stayed in a small clear area for 15 minutes or so and I was able to get quite a few shots of him as the sun rose. I tried several different apertures and ISOs trying to get a fast enough shutter speed to get a focused shot, but unfortunately, none were great. Still, I was pretty excited to finally get a look at this little guy.