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Water Bird Wednesday: The Differences Between Cormorants & Anhingas

Cormorants

Cormorants are mostly seen in groups or even in large flocks while Anhinga birds are seen by themselves or a mate (occasionally in a small flock but spread-out).  The Cormorants often travel with White Pelicans to hunt fish cooperatively.

The Cormorants have a chunky thick body and a slight hook to the end of their bill.  Anhingas have a thinner body and have a thin sword-like bill.  Female Anhingas have a light brown ruff of feathers on the underside of their neck.  Both birds are diving birds and their appearance in the water when surfacing is snake-like.  Both bird must spread their wings to dry them after diving.  Both are great fliers and perch in water-front trees.

The Anhingas are considered to be tropical birds and are most often here in Florida or very near.  The Cormorants can be found in many places throughout the United States.

Please click on the thumbnail image to see the slightly larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Anhinga

Cormorant

Anhinga

 

Anhingas and Double Crested Cormorants

Anhinga

Anhinga

Anhingas and Double Crested Cormorants both are fairly commonly seen here in Central Florida lakes and ponds during the Winter months.  Both are water birds that fly as well as swim, dive, and stand or walk on the shoreline.   Anhingas prefer fresh water and Cormorants are seen in both fresh and salt water.  Both birds are meat eaters.

The Anhinga is a larger bird than the Double Crested Cormorant.   Anhingas have a long sword-like bill while the Double Crested Cormorants have a shorter slightly thicker bill with a slight hook at the tip.  The Anhinga has a honey brown throat and some streaky white feathers on the tail and back.  The Double Crested Cormorant is very dark brown with the orange-yellow feet and bill.

Anhingas tend to roost in tall trees such as the Cypress Tree.  Anhingas are often solitary or with a mate while cormorants tend to be more of flock group birds.  I photographed both of these kinds of birds here in the past month.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger version of the photo.  Enjoy!

Double Crested Cormorants

Double Crested Cormorants

Double Crested Cormorants with Pelicans

Double Crested Cormorants with Pelicans

Bill of Anhinga

Close-up of the Bill of an Anhinga

 

Anhinga

Anhinga

Double Crested Cormorants

Double Crested Cormorants

Anhinga (left) and Cormorant

Anhinga (left) and Cormorant

A Flock of Ibises

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These American White Ibises were flying around in Ocala, Florida on Saturday, January 18, 2014 in the afternoon.  My husband and I were driving East on State Route 40 through Ocala when I spotted the flock of Ibises flying.  I started to take some pictures and noticed that the huge birds had decided to pause for awhile and perch in a downtown tree!  I took these pictures through the windshield of the pick-up truck while we were moving in traffic.  The lines you see in the pictures are regular electric or telephone lines that are along the city street in town.

The Ibis is a very beautiful and slightly comical bird.  These Ibises all perched precariously in the tree sure were an amazing sight.  They looked like white ornaments hanging from the tree like holiday decorations.  The other thing that was funny about the scene was that this all happened in a mixed business and residential area.  This area is only a few miles from the Silver Springs State Park and Silver River so perhaps Ibises do reside fairly nearby.  I’m including a close-up crop of one of these tree-top Ibises for your viewing enjoyment.  Please click on the thumbnail image to see the larger picture.

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