Snakebirds among us

The Anhinga is an odd bird mixing several evolutionary traits. The bird spends a lot of time underwater where it catches fish by spearing them with its long, sharp bill. And when it is done with its underwater foraging it will take to the skies where it can soar on wide wings with the best of them. And what of that impressively long neck – buff brown for females, black for males? It is what gives the bird the local name of snakebird as that undulating neck towers above while the rest of the body stays underwater. Here are some photos of Anhingas taken along the shore of Lake Apopka and some other places in Lake County. Anhingas are often seen with their wings spread to dry the feathers.
So good they had to name it twice – Anhinga anhinga.

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