Anhinga, AKA Snake Bird, warming up to start her day. A true South American tropical bird who discovered a warming climate and has steadily moved north. They now breed every year down the road from me in a local swamp. While not the biggest of predators most other birds keep their distance.
Cornell Labs description;
‘A dark body stealthily swims through a lake with only a snakelike head poking above the surface. What may sound like the Loch Ness monster is actually an Anhinga, swimming underwater and stabbing fish with its daggerlike bill. After every dip, it strikes a regal pose on the edges of shallow lakes and ponds, with its silvery wings outstretched and head held high to dry its waterlogged feathers. Once dry, it takes to the sky, soaring high on thermals stretched out like a cross.’