Thursday, February 2, 2012

Anhinga

This anhinga was drying it's wings after a fishing expedition in one of the shallow grassy lakes in the Ocala National Forest.  I'm always hesitant to disturb any animal just for the purpose of photographing it but I'm especially careful with these.  After they soak their feathers (no protective oils) they either can't fly or have a very difficult time doing so until they dry their wings in the sun.  Some people call these birds ugly but I think they are gorgeous, expecially the black, grey and white feather pattern on the back of their wings.  These birds go by other names such as the snakebird or water turkey.  They are a common sight in central Florida but I never tire of them.

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