Anhinga Drying

Anhinga Drying

I passed this male Anhinga several times the other day. He had staked a claim to the pilings on the old Magnolia rice field.

Multiple times he jumped up to dry here for short periods. He always returned to the water for a quick hunt, though I never did see a catch.

The bird looked to be molting. His neck feathers were bedraggled. Maybe that’s why he came over to dry so often too.

Anhinga Drying
Anhinga Drying
Anhinga Drying
Anhinga Drying

Below is the same bird, same spot, a little while later.

Eventually he should be competing with flocks of northern Cormorants, but not yet.

Anhinga’s are year round here, breeding just a mile or so in a rookery. They are a true tropical bird most common in South America. I’m not sure how far up the coast they have moved.

Anhinga Drying
Anhinga Drying
Anhinga Drying
Anhinga Drying

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