Monday, February 20, 2017

Anhinga

Hello,

Today, I am sharing the Anhinga. It is a common bird in Florida. The Anhinga is also known as American Darter or the Snakebird.





There is at least one Anhinga on this tree with a few Cormorants. Can you find the Anhinga?  The bill is different on the Anhinga, sharper and thin.


The Anhinga can stay under water for a long period of time.


The male is a dark color almost glossy looking. Their wings are streaked with white.


Anhinga seen at Circle B Reserve.


Pretty colors on the breeding male Anhinga.



Thank you for stopping by and as always I appreciate your comments.

My list of memes for today, I hope to see you there. Thanks to both of the host below.

Thanks to Michelle for hosting Nature Notes
Thanks to Stewart for hosting Wild Bird Wednesday

60 comments:

Florence said...

That last closeup photo of the anhinga is spectacular! Happy Monday!! Hope you have a wonderful week.

✿ chica said...

Beleza de Anhinga! Lindas fotos e ótimo início de semana! bjs, chica

jandi said...

Beautiful images! The last shot is fantastic!

Noushka said...

Hello Eileen,
Great photos of the Anhingas especially the male in breeding 'suit'!!
The sunny decor of pic n°2 is gorgeous!
Keep well and enjoy the new week :)

rupam sarma said...

Helloo, Thanks for the post.Brilliant photos.

Sue said...

Interesting post, Eileen. And yes-that bottom shot is really terrific.
Hope you have a good week.......

Marit Sønstebø said...

Hello,

Beautiful photos of a special bird!

The last shot is very lovely.

Happy Monday!

Mildred said...

Very interesting info and great photos.

Giga said...

Beautiful birds, and that in the eyes can fall in love. Regards.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

Some great shots. Kudos

Jo said...

Hi Eileen, great photos and information on your anhinga. I saw it on the left of that tree? Beautiful photos of the male - special lighting in that image. We also call them darters and in Afrikaans they're called snake-neck. Thanks for sharing. Great post all round. Greetings Jo

Prunella Pepperpot said...

Hello Eileen, I have never heard of an Anhinga. What a stunning looking bird and I love the eye colour of the male!
Happy Monday :)

Sandra said...

Amazing Awesome Anhinga here. All of them.. Wow

Cloudia said...

Something primitive about them. Cormorant's cousin

Michelle said...

It is beautiful and looks quite formidable!

Debbie said...

i can see the difference but they are very similar!! awesome captures here eileen, that last one, wow, amazing detail on the eye!!!

Polly said...

WOW that is a handsome bird. The markings on his wings are spectacular.

krishna said...

the eyes are so beautiful of the bird..

Lady Fi said...

Wow! Amazing shots!

A Colorful World said...

I just love the Anhinga. You took some amazing photos of him. Just beautiful!

Karen said...

This bird is new to me. Amazing details. And incredible shades of color around his eyes!

Karen said...

That must have been fun to watch! Hope you are having a great Monday

Charlene N.K. said...

Wow, it's a beautiful bird! Thanks for your amazing shots, as always!

Linda said...

Gorgeous series of this beautiful and amazing bird, Eileen! And your last photo needs a frame, it is brilliant! Thank you so much for sharing, and I hope you have a fantastic week!

Mary Cromer said...

Oh you just must know by now these are at the top of my list when in Florida. Your images are outstanding Eileen. I got some nice ones too and will share soon. I just LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these birds. Great job!!!

RedPat said...

I love that last pic with him giving you the evil eye, Eileen!

Lowcarb team member said...

You always show such a wide selection of birds ... so lovely to see.
Thank you

I hope you have a lovely week

All the best Jan

Deb from frugal little bungalow said...

I had never heard of this bird until now : fascinating! And lovely photos as always :)

Martin Kloess said...

Beautiful and well composed pictures

happyone said...

I've never seen one of those. What a beautiful bird.

ellen b said...

Wow! The coloring is really interesting on this bird. Lovely!.

Rose said...

Oh,Eileen, these are wonderful...this bird fascinates me. Actually there are several I would love to get to see in real life...and some I actually see, just never can get enough.

Tom said...

...some wonderful captures.

Beth @ PlantPostings said...

Excellent photographs! I remember seeing cormorants when I was down in Florida; now I'm wondering if some of them were anhingas. Thanks for the informative post!

The Yum List said...

What a majestic bird.

Sussi said...

wonderful shots! Such a handsome bird

orchid Miyako said...

Dearest Eileen; Oh, Anhinga is really different from cormorant which I can see in our parks☆☆☆ Your pictures really show us their characteristics♪ The last pictures' blue ring of the eye of the male is spectacular and must be enchanting to the females:-)

Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan to my Dear friend, xoxo Miyako*

Marco Luijken said...

Hello Eileen,
Very nice pictures.
Great to see all these beautiful and special birds. Wonderful.

Greetings, Marco

Francisco Manuel Carrajola Oliveira said...

Fotografias fantásticas.
Um abraço e boa semana.
Andarilhar || Dedais de Francisco e Idalisa || Livros-Autografados

Sue (this n that) said...

Hello Eileen - really great shots and such an interesting bird. I loved your post and, wow, that last capture is really something!
Have a great week :D)

September Violets said...

Judith just shared a photo of the anhinga on her site too! You have captured the beauty of this rather unusual bird Eileen. So pretty with the white streaks in his wings. I find they're such a large bird to be diving into the water compared to other diving birds. That sharp beak looks like it could really spear his dinner with ease!
Wendy

Crafty Green Poet said...

lovely photos, specially the last one - the colours round the eye are amazing

thomas said...

love the second shot

Liz said...

Great close-ups Eileen! Your Darters are almost identical to ours!

Missy George said...

Spectacular pictures of a very handsome bird..Love the green/blue eye shot..

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Beautiful portraits (Audubon guide worthy!). I remember being so surprised at that tuxedo-like pattern on the Anhinga's spread wings.

Dee said...

Beautiful photos!

P.S. I found you by way of Mildred's blog. Looking forward to seeing your beautiful photos with each post.

Seraphinas Phantasie said...

Hi Eileen,
such a fabulous and wonderful bird. I´ve never seen them before.
Have a great Wednesday, Eileen.
Best, Synnöve

Lea said...

Wonderful!
Hope you are having a beautiful week!

Phil Slade said...

Stunning photos Eileen. You really found some super light there. A bird with three wonderful names too.

Bob Bushell said...

Absolutely stunning of the Anhinga Eileen.

Our photos said...

Very nice. I love the colors in the close-up !

Stewart M said...

Great set of pictures - we have a very similar species here. Loved the beach shots in the newer post as well.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Jeevan said...

Superb capture on the snakebirds... the darter does exist here too and first time seeing it at the bird sanctuary we actually thought it as snake. Wonderful detail on the images

Rambling Woods said...

They make interesting perching birds in the trees......Michelle

Les Fous du Cap said...

Très belle série ;-)
Céline & Philippe

SweetMarie said...

I saw plenty of Anhingas when I lived in Florida, but I never saw them like this...your photos really bring us up close and personal with these gorgeous birds. I just looked at these photos over and over. Thank you for sharing!
Marie

Pat Tillett said...

I've never heard of, or seen this beautiful bird under any of those names.
Really nice photos Eileen!

NatureFootstep said...

love the second image, it pleases my eyes a lot. :)

Cool to see many of them in one image. I have only seen them one by one :)

indah nuria Savitri said...

Great photos as always! it gets the name from the long, snake-look neck?