This year was not a good one for ‘fish flppin’. The best spot was taken over by the Great Egrets and strangely the Anhinga gave up without a fight. Nesting season is usually a 2 – 3 month battle between the species.
I did catch this female in a salt marsh. She was having a hard time getting the fish positioned correctly to eat. Always head first, no danger from the gills.
She kept flipping and repositioning, but the fish wouldn’t cooperate.
There is no perfect spot to be to catch this action, but light and shadow play a huge part. Contrast on the water has ruined many sequences like this.
Ultimately the Anhinga wins. Well, most of the time. I have seen a few drops.