This morning I was surrounded by over $50,000 in camera equipment as three other photographers from as far away as Indianapolis invaded my quiet Spring Valley Wildlife Area - all trying to get the perfect shot of the Virginia Rail and Sora. Getting the opportunity to shoot these birds in such a friendly environment is apparently more rare than anyone would have guessed. Being five minutes from my house, I'd have never guessed (only suffered minor fits of gear inadequacy). A bit crowded for my taste. But as it turned out, a bright sunny morning - great for getting a few more great pictures for the portfolio. The results - made me very glad the results I get with a fraction of the investment of those other guys.