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Old Jun 10, 2010, 9:05 AM   #1
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Clint (or anyone else), here is another bird I cannot identify. I have only seen him once and grabbed these 2 quick shots from very far away (first 2 pics). He was near an adult anhinga (the last 2 pics). Is this perhaps an immature anhinga?
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That's a water turkey or anhinga. It's also called a Snakebird because most of the time all you see while he swims is his neck and head. They dive under water and swim after fish.

Here's how they get fish http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2s_D040OLA
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What accounts for the differences in their looks?

mature/immature?
male/female?
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Old Jun 10, 2010, 12:58 PM   #4
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What accounts for the differences in their looks?

mature/immature?
male/female?
Not sure - my first guess is the first is a male. I'd have to research it a bit.
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Not sure - my first guess is the first is a male. I'd have to research it a bit.
If you crane your neck you can almost tell...
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What accounts for the differences in their looks?
As Clint501 already said, you've got yourself some anhingas.

Your first two photos are of a male, the last two are of a female.

Males are mostly black with white and females "wear a brown shawl". Chicks hatch totally white then phase through creamy to yellowy to brown and finally to their sex-based final plumage.

Another thing to point out in your photos is the color around their eye. During breeding season the male develops an intense blue color and the female a bright turquoise color around their eyes.
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