She Almost Fell In, Anhinga

She Almost Fell In, Anhinga

So, I’m standing watching this Anhinga walk across this old ramp.

She Almost Fell In, Anhinga
She Almost Fell In, Anhinga

Watching one, doing nothing, is not very exciting. I even decided to photograph her doing nothing. Even less exciting.

She Almost Fell In, Anhinga
She Almost Fell In, Anhinga

Except for one small thing, Anhinga can’t walk. That’s right. Short stubby legs, in the wrong place! Also really big floppy web feet, they’re huge.

She Almost Fell In, Anhinga
She Almost Fell In, Anhinga

What happens! She slips, on a flat board.

She Almost Fell In, Anhinga
She Almost Fell In, Anhinga

Water is splashing and she is a fraction of a second from falling in.

She Almost Fell In, Anhinga
She Almost Fell In, Anhinga

Just like a person, she recovers, looks around, and then pretends nothing happened at all.

Except I was photographing and didn’t let up on the shutter. Now it’s public for all to see.

 

 

 

9 thoughts on “She Almost Fell In, Anhinga”

  1. Wonderful series of shots and narrative, Ted. The anhinga’s reaction is priceless and reminds me of one time I was riding my bicycle and skidded on some loose sand and went down. I remember well that my first reaction was to look around and make sure nobody had seen the spill. Only them did I check to see that I and my bike were both ok.

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