Anhinga portraits

Female Anhinga portrait

Female Anhinga portrait – D200, handheld, f7.1, 1/350, ISO 160, 80-400mm VR at 400mm, natural light

Anhingas (Anhinga anhinga) have always fascinated me. I remember the first time I saw one it was swimming in the water with just its head visible. At that moment I thought it was a water snake until I noticed the very long, sharp bill. I had to go home and look them up in my reference books. Anhingas are also called “Snake Bird” and “Water Turkey”.

The female in the portrait above was watching a male display for her.

Male Anhinga portrait

Male Anhinga portrait – D200, handheld, f6.3, 1/250, ISO 200, 80-400mm VR at 400mm, natural light

The male Anhinga in the portrait above was the male displaying for the female in the first image. They make a Krah-krah sound when displaying that is unmistakable.

Anhingas are inhabitants of southeastern wetlands, you’ll find them in swamps, rivers, lakes and ponds. I’ve never seen one in saltwater though. Personally I love the garnet red colored eyes of the males.

I don’t get to see Anhingas here in Utah, but I will look for them when I visit Florida again.


2016-12-07T12:15:14+00:00November 17th, 2010|Categories: Anhingas, Birds, Florida, Pinellas County|Tags: , , , , , , , |1 Comment

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  1. Rich Ditch November 17, 2010 at 10:22 am

    Nice images, and I enjoy seeing both male and female in the same post. I will always associate my first visit to Florida with this speces where I got a similar composition of a male along Anhinga Trail. I just wish I hadn’t been in such a hurrry and would have obtained better focus with my manual focus 200mm macro lens.

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