Anhinga

Anhinga

I started out watching and shooting two juvenile Anhinga on a Cypress.

Anhinga
Anhinga

They still had the ‘odd’ looking jaw line even if almost grown.

Anhinga
Anhinga
Anhinga
Anhinga

I appreciate how interesting and unique they are, still they resemble a Gargoyle.

Anhinga
Anhinga

The adult female slipped in between shots and now the young wanted to be fed.

Anhinga
Anhinga

At this point it was just getting messy and loud with these strange critters so I moved on.

 

3 thoughts on “Anhinga”

  1. I wasn’t sure what I am looking at first, I could not come up with a word until you said gargoyle. They look like a cross between, well, I am not sure between what. πŸ™‚ That is the strangest looking bird ever. Are there a lot of them there. It almost looks like their bill started to be like a pouch on a pelican, but those wings. They are freakishly weird, so black and shinny. Like they are not feathers. Ted, this is a new one to my eyes.

    1. Oh it gets better πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚.

      They fish underwater by spearing their prey with that sharp bill. When they have a fish they will toss it in the air, catch it head first to swallow safely. They have no oil in their feathers so must climb out and dry off before they can fly. They are called the β€˜snake bird’ because when they swim you only see the head above water. LOL. A very interesting tropical bird. They have a rookery down the road from my house. We see them often.

    2. I knew the feathers looked different, they almost looked like spikes. That is so prehistoric looking and there actions. It would be awesome to see video of that if you ever get to. If I was swimming and saw that coming at me, I am sure I would freak out. πŸ™‚

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