After working hard to bring in fresh nesting material, these two
Anhinga seem to be enjoying a sunset kiss. The about to be daddy
Anhinga is the darker bird on the left. In the photograph above he is
flying with a branch in his mouth to add to their nest.
Here is a mommy Anhinga sitting on her nest beside three chicks. The
Anhinga chicks are quite young still; they are featherless.
Little by little, the chicks begin to resemble their parents as they
grow up. I ran out of space here, but you can see more of them on
Or visit the Big Fish Story. I'd heard the "Big Fish" rumors, and was delighted when I (finally!)
happened upon this Anhinga with one!
My first Anhinga page has some cool
photographs, but the Effect of Litter
page is very sad.
Much like human children, they seem to enjoy investigating and exploring
their world with their mouths, er, um, beaks.
Hey look at this - those chicks aren't completely bald after all. This little one stretched up to show us that it can really open its
mouth, and there seems to be fluff on the body, lower neck, and wings.
It wasn't too long before I got back for another peek at the babies, and they were growing their first real feathers.
These little fluffballs count on mom and dad bird for food, and feeding
them looks like a very very uncomfortable task. Unlike many other birds
I've watched feed their young, Anhinga do not simply drop food into the
chicks open beaks and nudge it in.
Here you can see the mother feeding her chick. She opens her beak and
the chick puts its whole head in to get fed: