Saturday, February 14, 2009

Camera Critters-Anhingha



Awhile back, I found this great meme called Camera Critters. I love the pictures and decided that with my wealth of critter pictures down here in SW Florida, I would join in and I have for several weeks now. I would like to have you hop on over to Camera Critters. There you can either sign up for your own post for Camera Critters or see lots and lots of other great critter pics. So, now that you've done that--here is my critter for the day.

Here on Sanibel, we have lots of water and shore birds. The Anhingha is one of them. The first time I saw one with it's wings spread, I thought it was hurt. I'm sure I'm not the only one who has thought this. The Anhingha has no oil in it's feathers so it has to to spread them out to dry so that they can fly. The Anhingha is also called a Snake Bird because when it dives and comes back up, it's very thin neck looks like a snake. We live on a creek and near a pond. Today I caught these shots of an Anhingha. This guy decided to go back in the water after spreading his wings.







19 comments:

Snap said...

Such great fishermen! Beautiful.

Queen-Size funny bone said...

that bird has one long neck.

i beati said...

we have them here in Spri ng Lake as well

Villas Girl said...

This was kinda funny. It reminds me of a submarine with the periscope up.

Tootie said...

I love to watch the Anhingas when they are splashing their wings on the water.

Babooshka said...

These are so fabulous

G. Crappy said...

The Anhingha (sp?) is such a fabulous bird!! Sanibel is such a fabulous island!! You have is nice!!

ChrisC and JonJ said...

I love the 2nd shot! Great oictures!

Tink *~*~* said...

Is that a female? I think it is the female that has a tan neck, but it is hard to see the front of it...

And yes, the first time I saw one drying it's wings, I described it as a bizarre sun-worshiping ritual! :D

Tink *~*~*

Rebecca said...

love how the little guys head is always straight up in the air as if he's saying watch me, watch me or trying to talk to you :) very cute

Lilli & Nevada said...

Wow he is one beautiful bird. I don't think i have seen anything like this before.

NoBS said...

That's crazy!

Denise said...

I first saw an Anghinga when I visited Florida a few years back. Such interesting birds. I saw the Cormorants with their wings outspread at the same visit to the Everglades and thought the same as you that they were injured. Found out later that this was to dry their wings out. Great photos!

Nikki-ann said...

Great photos! I don't think you'd want to argue with that bird! :)

Dianne said...

I love the 3rd photo - his wing span and neck length are magnificent!

Misty Dawn said...

This is SO COOL!!! I would love to see something like this in person!

ramblingwoods.com said...

What an interesting bird...

Gayle said...

Oh, my...that does look like a snake in the water. If I were in a boat I might hit it over the head with an oar. Ewwww to snakes. (Yes, guys like me probably send a lot of snakes to the rehab center you volunteer at that we can't talk about). Sorry, can't help it. Don't like 'em.

Manz said...

Great collection.

It's funny that after all that effort to dry his wings, he goes back in for another swim... then again, I can relate! I've been at the beach, had a swim, dried myself, and 2 minutes back in due to the heat!!

I found cc about 6 weeks ago - it's a great community of critter and photography lovers ;)