Anhingas

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The Anhinga is a waterbird found in the southeast United States.

However, unlike most waterbirds, the Anhinga doesn’t have waterproof feathers. 

But this isn’t a disadvantage for them.  Anhingas’ wet feathers and dense bones help them slowly submerge their bodies under the water so they can stalk fish with their dagger-like bill.

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Anhinga

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Anhinga drying its feathers

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Anhingas have two nicknames, “water turkey” for its turkey-like tail and “snake bird” for its long, snake-like neck, both of which they hold partially out of the water while swimming with the rest of their body partly or mostly submerged.

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Anhinga swimming (nicknamed “water turkey” or “snake bird”)

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Anhinga swimming (nicknamed “water turkey” or “snake bird”)

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How about a few head-shots? 

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Anhinga

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Anhinga

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Anhinga

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Did you notice the Anhinga’s beautiful maroon-red eye?

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Anhinga

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How about a close-up of their feet?

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Anhinga’s golden feet

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Anhinga preening

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I hope you enjoyed getting up close and personal with the Anhinga!

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Anhinga looking happy!

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46 thoughts on “Anhingas

  1. Very nice Anhinga images Donna! One of my favorite birds to photograph when we are in Florida! We especially liked photographing them and Sandhill Cranes at Lake Woodruff NWR in DeLeon Springs, Florida.

  2. I love these photos – especially the close-up of the feet. I remember on my first trip to the Everglades decades ago seeing something out the car window, in a low canal or ditch, that I thought was a snake. As I started seeing more, I realized I was seeing Anhingas. I can see how they got that name. Thanks for sharing. I love the lighting on the birds.

  3. These are great! Anhingas won’t be winning any bird beauty contests but the are cool and interesting. Snake bird is a good name when you see them swimming like you show. AnhingaPreening would be my first place pick! πŸ˜€

  4. Great photos Donna, what a beautiful bird. I love your close up shots too. The anhinga reminds me of a bird here, the Australasian darter, very similar and probably a cousin to your anhinga. πŸ™‚

    • Thank you, Sue! Yes, the Anhinga is a darter and in the same family as your Australasian Darter. I’ve noted in Ashley’s past posts the similarities between the two. πŸ™‚

  5. I did enjoy getting up close and personal with the anhinga! My mother was on a quest to see an anhinga on one of my childhood trips to Florida but I had no idea what she was talking about. So nice to picture one in my mind now, after all these years. Love the head-shots and the maroon-red eye. Fantastic photos, Donna!

    • Thank you, Barbara! The first time I saw one years ago, it was in full breeding plumage, and I had no idea what it was, except quite exotic looking. Definitely a unique bird! πŸ™‚

  6. A fine series showing the best of the bird. We have a relative of them in Australia, and again call them ‘Snake Bird”.
    They also have the most beautiful feather markings that you show in the first shot.

    • Thank you, David! Yes, I know your Australasian darter, they look quite alike. Those silver/white feather markings are beautiful, I love when they display them with the ‘Batman’ style wingspan when drying. πŸ™‚

  7. WOW, I’ve never seen one in person before. Just stunning photos! They remind me of a cormorant. We have the cormorants here. ~ Sheila

  8. Dear Donna, this is so beautiful, you did amazing series, loved so much. Thank you, Happy Thanksgiving Day, Love, nia

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