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Anhingas

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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!

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Comments on: "Anhingas" (6)

  1. Very nice pictures of these birds! I’ve never seen one and the photos show them off very well.

    • Hi Montucky, I put a lot of pictures up on the post today to really show what this tropical bird looks like. It is a bird that has similar looks to a Common Cormorant. Have a great day today! Enjoy your beautiful mountains!

  2. you’re lucky to see these neat birds!

  3. Good morning, great post and info on the anhingas. They are cool birds, I love to see them during my travels. Awesome photos. Enjoy your day and the week ahead!

    • i Eileen, Thanks! The Anhingas are interesting to see – very dinosaur looking birds. I think they are athletic, bright and fun to watch. Have a fabulous day today!

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