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.
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