Anhinga are very abundant in the Everglades and South Florida in general and stand out due to their posture as they stand with their backs to the sun and wing spread as they dry their feathers and warm their body.

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Anhinga's lack the protective oils on their feathers that most water birds have which allows them to swim underwater where they spear fish with their beak and bring the catch to the surface to eat. Since they swim so low in the water they can appear to be a snake ready to strike which is why they are somethings referred to as snake birds.

Anhinga Profile.jpg

Anhinga's lack the protective oils on their feathers that most water birds have which allows them to swim underwater where they spear fish with their beak and bring the catch to the surface to eat. Since they swim so low in the water they can appear to be a snake ready to strike which is why they are somethings referred to as snake birds.

Anhinga Swimming.jpg

As shown below the juvenile anhingas colors change as they mature.

Juvenile Anhinga.jpg

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