The ‘Other’ Snake Bird

Today’s post features the adult female Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga). In yesterday’s post, I featured the male Anhinga, so I thought I’d share some images of the female today. As you can see from the images, there are a lot of similarities. But the female’s chest is a buff color, instead of black. Also note that some of the females shown in today’s post are also sporting breeding plumage … the white plumes on the head, the yellow beaks and the emerald to turquoise facial skin:

Anhinga adult female

Anhinga adult female

Anhinga adult female

Anhinga adult female

Anhinga adult female

Another interesting thing about the anhinga, both males and females, are the webbed feet. If you ever see an anhinga trying to land in a tree, it is very clumsy and resembles a newly fledged bird trying to make his first landing! This next image shows why they have so much difficulty landing in trees:

Anhinga's webbed feet

Interesting birds!

Photography Equipment Used:

  • Canon 7D body
  • Canon EF100mm-400mm, f/4.5 – f/5.6 IS lens, shot from 360mm to 400mm
  • Handheld, with IS “On”
  • ISO 250, 400, and 1000 (depending on light)
  • Aperture f/5.6
  • Shutter 1/80 sec. to 1/640 sec.

 

 

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