Florida Birds – Anhinga

Anhinga

Anhinga

Anhinga

Anhinga

Anhinga  (Anhinga anhinga)

The black colored Anhinga is a common sight around fresh waterways of Florida. It actually is found worldwide buts mostly prefers warmer climates closer to the equator. The Anhinga is often seen standing on something and spreading its wings. It does to dry it’s wings after it swims looking for food. It searches for fish or amphibians in the water and stabs or skewers its prey with its long sharp bill.  I saw this Anhinga while I was bicycling along the John Yarbrough Ten Mile Canal in Ft. Myers. During the rainy summer months the canal becomes deeper, flows faster and contains more fish. The Anhinga is a skilled at flying as well. It is often confused with the double breasted Cormorant which has a curved bill at the end of it’s bill instead of a straight bill. I like the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, All About Birds for its audio clips and short descriptions of birds.

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