Anhingas

 

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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