Anhinga Gallery

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Found in the southeast United States from Texas to the Carolinas, the Anhinga is a large, slender waterbird with a long neck, long tail, and dagger-like beak.

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Anhinga’s distinctive shape has earned it two nicknames, “water turkey” for its turkey-like tail, and “snake bird” for its long snake-like neck as it slithers through the water.

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Unlike most waterbirds, Anhingas do not have waterproof feathers.  While that may seem like a disadvantage for their watery lifestyle, their wet feathers and dense bones help them slowly submerge their bodies under the water so they can slyly stalk fish.

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Therefore, when taking a break, Anhingas do need to spread their wings to dry them inbetween fishing.

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The Anhinga is in a small family of birds known as “darters”.  There are three other species of darters on the globe; one in Africa, one in Asia, and another in Australia.

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52 thoughts on “Anhinga Gallery

  1. Excellent shots! This bird I find it to be one of the ‘slick’ Nature designs. Thanks, Donna. 🙂

  2. Wonderful pictures! I think my favorite is the first one, but they are all great. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Gorgeous images Donna and what a treat to see this beautiful bird! 🧡

    • haha that made me laugh! Where we stayed over the winter in Florida southwest, there were large numbers of Anhingas so I really enjoyed their challenge of shyness and shooting since, you’re right, we don’t have them around the mid-Atlantic! Oh but we do have cormorants, right?!! 😉

    • Thank you, Barbara! They are a unique looking bird, almost prehistoric, and very shy. Since we don’t have them here at home, I enjoyed spending more time with trying to be invisible, looking for some unique shots. 😉

  4. They’re magnificent birds! I first learned of them through the Jennings photos and then also through your blog. I really love to see them so this gallery of images is a great treat!

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  6. Dear Donna,
    GREAT pictures. We have here lot of cormorants. They have to dry there feathers as well after beeing under the water.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Have a happy week
    The Fab Four of Cley
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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