Anhinga Anhinga anhinga
Often seen perched over swampland, southern rivers and ponds with its wings half spread to dry, the Anhinga uses its long neck and long beak to impale fish with its rapid thrust.
This one species in the Americas is a member a small family of darters that occurs in mainly tropical and subtropical regions of the world. Darters feathers can be waterlogged easily and must allow their plumage to dry before entering the water.
A solitary hunter, catching prey mostly under water, it swims with its head just above the surface earning the name “snakebird”.
An elegant and graceful high flier, it travels long distances without flapping its wings, similar to the Turkey Vulture in flight.