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happy_peasant Jun 26, 2007 11:42 PM

One of the interesting birds I met in Florida was the Anhinga so I took a bunch of shots. Here are a few.

1. Young Anhinga in a usual pose. The young have soft downy neck feathers.

2. Same bird. I like to think he turned around to admire the reflections. More likely he was spurning the guy with the camera though.

3. A closer zoom to show the light coming through the neck skin and throat pouch.

4. This one is showing how flexible the neck is. This hurts just to look at it.

5. An Adult

6. Same bird showing off his shaggy look.

rafinmelb Jun 27, 2007 3:36 AM

Nice series Steve. #3 & #4 for me. #3 is just such great detail and not a shot I have ever seen anything close to. #4 is a variation (neck twist) on a classic pose, but well done.

Mark H Jun 27, 2007 4:25 AM

Nice shots Steve. The closeup shot (3) has superb detail and clarity, as does shot 5. That pose in shot 4 reminds me of the film the exorcist :-)
Very interesting bird, very well captured :cool:


happy_peasant Jun 27, 2007 12:23 PM

A slight correction. The ones I said were young are actually females I found out after posting. (Of course, they could be young females, and then I am still correct. :-)

Thanks for commenting Mark and Rafael. That number 3 close up is not cropped very much. I started to walk towards the bird thinking it would fly away and give me an action shot, but she just sat there so I took a few close ups, said thank you to her and walked away.

Macnite Jun 27, 2007 12:35 PM

One of your best posting Steve. Number 2, 3, and 6 are my favorites.


isan boer Jul 1, 2007 7:09 AM

Number 4,whaw,what a neck. :cool:

In my country we have the Blue Heron,but never see this before!

Thank you

Raghu Jul 1, 2007 9:19 AM

Excellent clarity in all shots. I liked #2. Very beautiful bird, too. I have never seen it here.

happy_peasant Jul 1, 2007 10:41 PM

Thanks for commenting Emmanuel, Isan and Raghu. You won't find this bird anywhere but neotropical and tropical Americas. They are quite neat though. A nice shot I did not see this trip is a bunch of these in a tree drying out after the rain, all with wings spread out.

bill2468 Jul 2, 2007 9:33 AM

Great shots!

They look like formal attired corrmarants:lol:



tinosa Jul 2, 2007 11:28 AM

Terrific captures.
How do you get these creatures to pose for you ? :lol:

That neck shot is just too much !!

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