Saturday, March 26, 2016

Anhinga and 'friends'

These birds are pretty common here in this part of Florida, wherever you find fresh water. We spotted this one at Rainbow Springs State Park.

 

I'm not sure it's happy to share the log or do you think that turtle took a 'snap' at his leg? heehee!

 

Because the Anhinga does not have waterproof feathers, it must spread it's wings to dry the feathers before flight. 

 

It is able to stay below the surface of the water for longer periods of time and is know as the 'snake bird'. The long slender neck is the only thing above the surface so it looks like a snake ready to strike.

 

The Anhinga is in the darter family and uses it's sharp slender beak to spear fish. I was lucky enough to get this photo when he had just speared a fish.

 

I’m joining Saturday’s critters HERE
and I’d Rather B Birdin’.

26 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Good morning, awesome photos and post on the Anhinga. I like the turtles too. At least they are not the snapping turtles or the Anhinga could loose a leg. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy weekend and happy Easter to you and your family.

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Good Morning Diane!
Wishing you a beautiful and Happy Easter!
Hugs,
Jemma

Judy Biggerstaff said...

Great pic, I don't have them in Kentucky so I am really enjoying your photos.

ann said...

Amazing birds. Not very attractive, but interesting, none the less. We have few water birds here, so I enjoy seeing your photos. Happy Easter.

carol l mckenna said...

Intriguing post with a fascinating bird ~ wonderful photos!

Happy Weekend to you ~ ^_^

Mama Zen said...

Marvelous shots!

Lorrie said...

The Anhinga (new to me) sounds similar to our Cormorants who also have to dry their wings and can stay underwater longer and go deeper than other diving birds. But I think your Anhinga has a much longer neck. Very interesting!

Happy Easter, Diane!

Diane said...

Wow-- nothing like that around here. Interesting! Happy Easter!

Debbie said...

very nice captures, seems you got very close to the anhinga. i don't think i have ever seen one before!!!!

have a lovely weekend!!!!

Peggy Jones said...

that is an unusual bird to me. Not close to any water in my neck of the woods so enjoy learning about other critters. If I saw that in the water I would indeed think it was a snake. Happy Easter Diane to you and yours.

Susie said...

Diane, I have never seen or heard of this bird...so interesting about how it must dry it's feathers. I am wishing you and your husband a Happy Easter. Bless you, xoxo,Susie

Barb said...

Awesome photos Diane!!
Enjoy your Easter Sunday!!
Barb

20 North Ora said...

Interesting bird and big turtle!

Happy Easter!

Judy

Jean Berryessa said...

Fabulous photos. Such an interesting bird. I love that you captured the turtle. Happy Easter, so thankful for all our blessings.

Gina said...

Diane, such a strange bird. It almost looks like two or three different birds pieced together.

Happy Easter to you and yours!

shortybear said...

nice photos.

Stephanie said...

Wow, what incredible shots, my friend! I must confess that the "Snake Bird" gave me the chills since snakes are not among my favorite things God created {{smiles}}

Have a blessed Easter! Love and hugs!

Lowcarb team member said...

So nice to see the turtles there too!

Happy Easter

All the best Jan

Art @ Home said...

Wow, that bird is creeptastic! *shudders*

Danice said...

Very interesting. I had never heard of this bird. 'Sounds like he is very resourceful. Beautiful photos you took :)

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I like watching them dry their wings.

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Great photos. What luck to catch it with a fish. They seem to be a lot like our cormorants - not waterproof so they are often seen drying their wings out. What a silly thing for a water bird - to not be waterproof - go figure. Happy week ahead - I'm slowly catching up on my blog reading.

Anni said...

Oh one of my favorite birds. We used to see quite a few of them around our coastal areas, but sadly, they've gone to Florida I guess. lol

What terrific images. I like 'em all Diane. Exceptional. Thanks for adding your link for us birders at I'd Rather B Birdin' this week. It's always appreciated.

Breathtaking said...

Hello Diane!:) I'm so late at visiting everyone. Hope you had a nice Easter. Love these shots of the Anhinga, a new bird for me to see and learn about. The snake name seems appropriate as it's seen in your shots swimming with it's catch, it does look like a snake.

Sam I Am...... said...

I learn something from you every time I visit. How fascinating is that bird? And it does look like a snake in the water! Amazing photos! TYFS.

Red Rose Alley said...

You have exotic birds there in Florida. Great pictures, Diane.

~Sheri