Alligators and Anhingas are sometimes spotted here in The Villages, FL in or along the shoreline of various smaller ponds and lakes. The ‘Gators are mostly located in places where they are not a threat to people under normal circumstances. It is best to stay far away from Alligators and be especially careful when walking near ponds, lakes or springs during early morning and late afternoon hours.
Anhingas are lovely medium-sized water birds that have pointed long bills, a snake-like neck and an oval body. They have piano-key like markings on their wings when their wings are spread open. Anhingas often are seen with just their neck and head above the water fishing, or are perched on a branch or inlet pipe drying their spread-out wings. Anhingas cannot fly if their wings are wet. Anhingas eat fish, frogs and crayfish mostly.
The easiest way to tell the difference between an Anhinga and a Cormorant is that the Anhinga has the straight sharp bill, while the Cormorant’s bill has a slight hook at the end and is thicker. Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the picture. Enjoy!