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Anhinga, wings open basking in the sun to dry after a swim
You might see an Anhinga flying overhead,
or basking in the sun to dry off after a swim.
Female Anhinga flying, dropping her big webbed orange feet to prepare for landing
Yes, swim. The Anhinga is a diving bird. It pops up out of the water briefly, and then vanishes beneath it again.
Female Anhinga Swimming
Big yellow webbed feet help Anhinga swim, and they are also good for scratching the occasional itch:
Every so often I see a large fish above the water. There's generally an Anhinga holding it up.
Flying Fish? No, it's and Anhinga, a diving bird swimming to shore to eat its prey
They swim to shore when they catch big fish and eat them there.
Anhinga tossing a fish in the air to swallow it head first
Sometimes the Anhinga will come out of the water with a little fish, toss it up in the air, catch it, and swallow it. I wonder how many tiny fish this big bird needs to eat to fill up?
Anhinga tossing a very small fish in the air to swallow it
 The turquoise means that it's baby Anhinga season. During the remainder of the year, when they are not so focused on parenthood, the color around their eyes goes back to brown for the girls, and black for the guys.
This Anhinga has a brown neck. She's a girl. Notice the deep turquoise color around her eyes?
Swimming Bird: Anhinga
Boy Anhinga have a black head and neck. Both sexes have dark bodies with a sprinkle of white feathers on the back of their wings.
Anhinga with a big fish silhouette
Female Anhinga displaying breeding season colored turquoise eyes
Anhinga Diving Bird eating a fish
Male Anhinga displaying breeding season colored turquoise eyes
Female Anhinga displaying breeding season colored turquoise eyes scratching her face with her big webbed foot
Anhinga flying
Visit these additional Anhinga pages:
1: Anhinga
2: Little Chicks
3: Teenage Chicks
4: The Big Fish
5: Effect of Litter
Female Anhinga flying with her wings fully extended displaying the pattern of white feathers on the black wings
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