Tuesday, January 20, 2009

American Anhinga

This is a historical day in the USA and I would like to wish President Obama all the best during his tenure in office.

I have sent images of the American Anhinga a few times in the past. The bird in today's photograph was standing on a river bank drying it's wings. I approached the subject slowly trying not to scare it and was able to get a few great close-up images before it moved away. In the photos you will notice a pink "sac" under its beak. The bird seemed to be able to blow the sac up to make it bigger.

The anhinga dry their wings after hunting and can often be seen near a body of water with wings spread. They probably eat a lot of fish, like most of the other birds hunting in the ponds and canals of Florida.

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