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Old Sep 18, 2014, 4:59 PM   #1
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Default Spotted an Anhinga on my walk today.

Went out for a walk this morning, and there was the normal collection of birds around the wetlands. I managed to get relatively close to a female Anhinga (also known as Snakebird) and get a few shots. (Anhingas do not have waterproofing oils to keep their feathers dry, so they hold the wings out to air dry them.) She was drying her wings, but then she spotted a fish in the water and dived in and disappeared.

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Old Sep 18, 2014, 7:37 PM   #2
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Nicely done.. now that look bird looks prehistoric !
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Old Sep 18, 2014, 9:23 PM   #3
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Thank you for looking and your comments, Harj. They do a little prehistoric don't they? You could almost imagine one with skin instead of feathers flying above a dinosaur. LOL

They are fish eaters and are plentiful here in Florida where they live year round. They prefer fresh water instead of the ocean, so they are fairly common around lakes, ponds and streams.
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Nice shots Steven, such characterful birds.
Over here we call them Darters and get lots around the river in Perth.

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Thanks for looking and commenting, Mike. Much appreciated.
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#2 for the win!
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I've never seen this bird except for photos and your images here are super nice of it Steven.

Why the 'snake bird' monikor ... I know I could google-it but it is late at night and I can just read your post in the morning.
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Thank you Alan and Bob.

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I've never seen this bird except for photos and your images here are super nice of it Steven.

Why the 'snake bird' monikor ... I know I could google-it but it is late at night and I can just read your post in the morning.
Bob, they get the name from their appearance when swimming along on top of a pond or lake. Because of the lack of waterproofing oils, they have less buoyancy than other water birds like ducks. Only their heads and long necks stick out above the water, their bodies remain below the water line. The long neck sticking out of the water as they swim give an appearance of a snake swimming along with its head out of the water.
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Great shots as usual. This is the first time I have ever saw one of these. Appears they are related to herons.
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