Anhinga

Anhinga Photo Album

 

The TGO Nature Center is pleased to present this series of photographs in the Anhinga Photo Album. We hope these photographs will help you to identify this bird.  Click on any photo to get a closer “up close and personal” view.

The Anhinga is often mistaken for the Double-Crested Cormorant. To see photographs of Double-Crested Cormorant to compare to the Anhinga, click on this Double-Crested Cormorant link. Look closely and compare each of these birds’ bills.  Anhingas have a longer and more pointed bill whereas the Cormorant has a shorter and more rounded hooked bill.  Anhingas also a have longer neck.

Luis Duthil took the next two Anhinga photos.

 

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Photo Courtesy of Luis Duthil

 

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Photo Courtesy of Luis Duthil

 

Robin Avery snapped the photos below on February 1, 2017 by the bridge on the golf cart nature trail.  In the first photo, the Anhinga is trying to get a fish off of his beak.

 

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Photo Courtesy of Robin Avery

 

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Photo Courtesy of Robin Avery

 

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Photo Courtesy of Robin Avery

 

Robin Avery took the two photos below of an Anhinga in the process of eating a fish.  These photos were taken by the bridge on the nature trail on January 30, 2017.

 

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Photo Courtesy of Robin Avery

 

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Photo Courtesy of Robin Avery

 

Doug Jensen took the amazing photo below on December 20, 2016 of an Anghinga and a mid-air fish. Doug told me this was the real deal and Photoshop was not used to create it.  What a phenomenal shot! Be sure to click on the photo for a closer look.

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Photo Courtesy of Doug Jensen

Cinamon Nedvin sent in the photo below of an Anhinga. It looks like it is sunning itself or trying to dry out its wings.

 

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Photo Courtesy of Cinamon Nedvin

 

Gary Wittstock shared the photo below of an Anhinga which are fairly common at TGO and at the Blue Heron Wetlands.  Gary not only shares his photograph but also his experience in trying to get this shot.

“I see them in TGO every time I golf, usually drying their wings. I got this shot next door at the Blue Heron Wetlands. The bird was behind a ton of cattails so I couldn’t get too many shots. Auto focus is wonderful but it couldn’t decide whether to focus on the bird or the foreground cattails. (Dave know this drill too!)

And I learned a lesson too. I was shooting Single Shot mode, as I wasn’t seeing birds in flight where multiple-shots are so valuable. So, when this bird deftly & in a fraction of a second, bent his head down and flipped the fish up into the air I was just sitting there missing the shot even with my finger on the shutter. While 8 frames/second would increase your chances of catching that flip with the fish in the air, it takes a couple of minutes for the bird to maneuver the fish into just the right position. And it’s pretty hard to know just when that fish flip will happen. At least next time I’ll  be ready with 8 frames/second setting hoping to catch that 1/500th of a second when the fish is about to fall into the Anhinga’s throat! That could take a few more years of trying!”

Thanks, Gary, it is a phenomenal shot.

Be sure to click on the photograph to get a closer look at this long necked bird with his catch. The way an Anhinga glides in the water with its long neck has earned it the nickname of snakebird.

 

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Photo Courtesy of Gary Wittstock

 

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