So maybe it's actually a whinny in the marshlands but have heard that distinctive "whinny" for some years now and have known what it was but have never had visual contact.
And then it happened and I finally had a sighting while waiting for other marsh dwellers to put in an appearance (Photo #6 & Photo #7 ).
Fast forward to the following hot afternoon and I had taken refuge for shade in among some tall grasses pond side. Again, I was watching the goings on of the various wildlife when I caught movement out of the corner of my eye. As this edge is frequented by Yellow Headed Blackbirds, I thought it was just another forage when through the grasses I spotted the Sora making its way out of the grassy clump into the water's edge.
I had the camera already in hand ready to shoot but not wanting to spook the little bird, I held my breath & waited those few seconds, while it took a path directly across my camera line and into a clear view (Photo #1 through to Photo #5). It then took a turn to my right and disappeared back into that massive thicket of marsh grasses & rushes.
So now I can put a "face" to that mournful whinny when I next hear it.