Anhingas are tropical water birds that are excellent in flight and in the water. Some people know these birds as “Snake birds” because of their sinuous long neck. The Anhinga hunts mostly in the water and sometimes all you can see is the head or the head and neck of the bird just above the surface of the pond, lake, or river. These birds are very speedy in the air! Mostly they are seen flying low across the body of water they live near.
There are many Anhingas in my area of Florida. I live in a county where there are lots of smaller lakes loaded with the fish, frogs, turtles, and larger aquatic insects that the Anhinga likes eating. The Anhinga will spear its prey using its long sharply pointed bill. One often sees Anhingas with their wings outspread to dry their feathers after finishing their time hunting in the water. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger picture. Enjoy!