A bird that flourishes year-round in the Everglades is the fascinating, elegant Anhinga.


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Anhinga, adult male


The adult male has greenish-black plumage overall, accentuated with silver-gray feathers and long white plumes.

The adult female is a bit lighter overall and their head is a pale brown.


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Anhinga, female


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Angina, immature or female


Immatures have light brown heads also, so they are difficult to ID whether male or female until they reach adulthood in two years.


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Anhinga, immature, drying its feathers


Unlike most waterbirds, Anhingas do not have waterproof feathers.  It’s actually a plus for them; their wet feathers and dense bones help Anhingas slowly submerge their bodies under the water so they can slyly stalk fish.

The above youngster had something to say to me….



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Anhinga, immature, talkin’ to me


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Anhinga, immature


I was close enough to get some nice close-ups of its dark red eye and yellowish feet.  The eye will turn bright red in adulthood.



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Anhinga, immature


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Anhinga, immature



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