Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Anhinga

I am linking up with Wild Bird Wednesday and Nature Notes;

I am featuring the Anhinga  we saw on the Anhinga trail in the Everglades National Park this week.  It seems only right that they have a trail named after them in this park. We saw so many Anhingas, I would think their population is not at risk.


 COOL eyes!

The Anhinga species is found all over the world. They are sometimes called a Snakebird, American Darter, or a Water Turkey. 


Anhinga rookery in the Everglades National Park. They are cute fluffy babies.






Juveniles will stay brown until after the second or third winter.


Within two weeks the tan down is replaced with white down. After three week from hatching the juvenile's first feathers will appear. The baby on the nest a the bald head, the down will appear later.


The female Anhinga has a light brown head and neck and upper chest. And the male is a glossy black-green and it wings and tail a black-blue. The tip of the tail has white feathers. The back upper part of the body is streaked with white.

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I wish everyone a happy week ahead and Happy Birding!

55 comments:

  1. Lindíssimas e a primeira foto, ainda mais! beijos,chica

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  2. Beautifully documented. The chicks look bizarre, one would hardly credit that they could turn into the adult birds.

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  3. I so love these shots Eileen. You've got some wonderful nesting pics here. Beautiful birds with a gorgeous backdrop. I can't wait to actually visit Florida one day. Looks like a lot of fun.

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  4. the first shot looks so much like skunk fur (my dogs just killed one this week and the buzzards had a hey day). anyway, i just recently saw baby anhingas on another blog. they are cute!

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  5. Hallo Eileen!!Wonderful shots!And these chicks looks so strange!I have'nt see the Anhinga bird before!Thank you for sharing!Have a lovely week!
    Dimi..

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  6. I can never decide whether I think these guys are beautiful or ugly. Your pictures are great and have me leaning toward beautiful. (Especially the babies are wonderful.)

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  7. What an unusual looking bird--and there is something snake-like in its appearance. Especially the neck and those exotic eyes. The babes look like dumplings! :-)

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  8. nice views. love the new header shots too. so springy. fun!! ( :

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  9. Amazing photos. I see Anhingas rarely and never that close.

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  10. They are really beautiful birds! Thank you for sharing these great photos of them! Maybe I'll get to see one some day!

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  11. Hi Eileen..the third one looks like a pig pile, but with Anhinga's
    instead : )!!
    The first shot is wonderful, and those babies oh my gosh are they soft and fluffy!!
    Great shot!!
    Grace

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  12. that first one is just fantastic!!

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  13. Amazing gems of nature and your photography is awesome! ^_^

    Thanks for visiting and providing great support for my up and coming gallery adventure ^_^

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  14. Those eyes really are cool.
    I have never seen or heard of the Anhinga before. The babies looks like little fluff balls. So cute.
    You got some really great shots Eileen.

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  15. Superb shots Eileen. I never realised the young ones were so pale and I never heard them called "water turky" before - a bit unfair. Like you say it's cool they are found all over the world and I remember seeing Anhingas in Africa. They are not here in the UK though - not tropical enough.

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  16. Thanks Eileen for so many great photos and so much interesting info about the Anhingas. Gorgeous birds... Love the eye in the first photo. WOW!!!

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  17. Anhingas are such neat birds, I haven't ever seen one.

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  18. Fantastic shots. I don't think I've ever seen that bird. I loved your captures.

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  19. Oh Eileen, what images you have here. I have never seen such a bird. Thanks for sharing. Thanks too, for all your visits to my blog. I've spent a few days "under the weather" with a rather bad bout of malaria. This morning is the first time since Friday that I feel less than shaky and feverish. I hope you're having a good day. Greetings, Jo

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  20. Gosh, those ugly chicks grow into magnificent adults. I'd be framing that first shot...wow!

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  21. Hey, you were very fortunate to catch these; they are so fascinating to me.

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  22. Thanks for the information and the wonderful photos.

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  23. I had seen the first picture on my dashboard when you posted your blog (blogs come up below dash as a summary) and I could not figure out what it was!! Never seen an Anhinga before. The second pic of the babies is really a stunner! So cute.

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  24. Wonderful set of photos! I really like that first shot.

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  25. Brilliant post about the Anhinga's, they are so precious.

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  26. Peculiar species .. Looks like a cormorant with fine beak .. Very interesting .. Ahinga! .. Nice bird .. thanks for sharing ..
    Ana

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  27. Beautiful pictures, Eileen.
    The first picture totally awesome.
    Best regards, Irma

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  28. Great photos! I've never seen one in person. Love that first close up!

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  29. Fantastic photos, Eileen! The babies are so cute! I'm not sure they live here in Sweden. They look a bit like the cormorants.
    Have a nice 1st of May! Greetings Pia

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  30. Fascinating! This is a new bird to me.

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  31. Beautifully done! I've never seen juvenile anhingas and was just in awe over these photos. Thanks for all the information, too. I need to do more of that. Great post!

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  32. The first picture is a very good close-up.

    And what a beautiful eye.

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  33. Gorgeous! Love the name Water Turkey!!

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  34. Eileen these were delightful to view! Great captures!

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  35. very cool eyes, i really love these images. some firsts for me!!

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  36. Beautiful series. The first shot is really awesome.

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  37. what great shots, cool eyes, indeed!

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  38. Wow the last picture the bird almost looks like it has silver wings

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  39. Olá Eileen, maravilhosas fotos dessas aves bebés que adorei! Parabéns pelo seu belíssimo trabalho fotográfico. Beijinhos Ailime

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  40. Awesome photos, Eileen!
    The eye almost looks like the eye in a peacock feather. How gorgeous is that?!

    Happy Birding! :)

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  41. They do seem to be everywhere here in central Florida as well. They are pretty this time of year in their breeding colors. Great shots of the babies. I don't see them often.

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  42. Oh this is so neat, Eileen! I've never heard of Anhinga before so thanks for sharing!

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  43. Cool looking birds,the babies look so cute,all goofy with their down feathers,thanks for sharing!phyllis

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  44. Ahhh - those baby chicks - almost featherless are so strange looking. They're almost like a swan!! And that snakebird!! It looks like fur and not feathers!! Would LOVE to have permanent blue eye shadow like that :-}}}

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  45. I am not familiar with these birds and I am glad to hear they are not endangered.

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  46. Your first shot is marvellous!! The Australasian Darter (aka snake bird) looks very similar in shape, but not such striking colours. Or maybe I just haven't seen one as close up as you did!!!

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  47. I wasn't aware of these birds until now. They are amazing! Thanks for sharing so much information, and for your beautiful shots.

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  48. These are such fantastic and interesting looking birds. I haven't seen them before, so your photos were a treat!

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  49. They look fascinating and such awesome birds!

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  50. These are incredible shots, Eileen!

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  51. Wow Eileen... These are amazing shots... Michelle

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