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Anhinga

Anhinga - Female

Anhinga - Female

Anhinga - Female

Anhinga - Female

Anhinga - Male

Anhinga - Male

The top two photos were taken in Mead Garden, Winter Park, Florida on November 02, 2009.

I took the third photo in February 2009 at Lake Woodruff in Volusia County. The bird struggled with this fish for the longest time. The Anhinga eventually lost it as the fish flipped into the water. These birds are very common in Florida.

Whatbird: The Anhinga does not have oil glands for waterproofing its feathers like most water birds. When it swims, it gets wet which allows it to move more efficiently under water. When it leaves the water, it must spread its wings and dry in the sun. While swimming, the head may be above the surface with its body below. Observers only see the long neck and head. This has resulted in another nickname, “snake bird.” It spears fish with its long beak. Sometimes it has to swim to shore and pry the fish off its beak by rubbing on a rock or tree limb.

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