The long sinuous neck of the Anhinga lives up to its nickname of snakebird like this female at Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge. The long dexterous neck comes in handy when pursuing fish underwater for a meal but the waterlogged feathers don’t help. After emerging from the water, the bird opens its wings to help dry them faster. From the OspreyWatch project.
A female Anhinga became quite agitated at the approach of a group of student birders at Egret Marsh Stormwater Park. Unfortunately, the trail went right under her and she took flight rather than submit to the indignity of a close inspection.
The male Anhinga atop this small tree at Egret Marsh Stormwater Park may be king of all he surveys but the Cormorant at lower left seems content to be playing a lesser role hidden in the branches.
Continuing now with Part 2 of Stick Marsh Action in Two Parts. Great Egret against dark storm clouds. Head on view of a Roseate Spoonbill. Roseate Spoonbill Roseate Spoonbill Great Blue Heron walking dangerously close to an Alligator. Anhinga Snowy Egrets Roseate Spoonbill Roseate Spoonbill Great Egret Adult Roseate Spoonbill with a juvenile begging for food. Cattle Egret Great Egret Alligator Great Egret Great Egret Needless to say, the Alligators are attracted to the rookery islands on the off chance […]
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The Blue Cypress Conservation Area is part of the 52,671-acre Upper St. Johns River Basin Project. Drained for agriculture in the early 1900s, the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers is trying to reestablish a semblance of extensive wetland habitats that defined the area prior to its disruption. The Conservation Area is home to many species of wildlife, including two islands newly adopted near the Stick Marsh boat launch as rookeries for Roseate Spoonbills and other wading birds. Stick Marsh Action […]
Categories: Nature • Tags: Alligator, Alligator mississippiensis, Anhinga, Anhinga anhinga, Aramus guarauna, Ardea alba, Blue Cypress Conservation Area, Egretta thula, Fellsmere, Fellsmere Grade Road, Limpkin, Platalea ajaja, Roseate Spoonbill, Snowy Egret, St. Johns River, Stick Marsh
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 […]