Anhinga

Nesting Time at Viera Wetlands

January 3, 2019 - As I stood watching the herons, an Anhinga sat sunning on a nearby stump.... I was surprised not to see any Anhingas in full breeding colors, which can be very striking.... Read more

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Spring is in the Air

February 25, 2018 -  I saw several pairs of Anhingas already on eggs....  I watched as another Anhinga flew gracelessly to a nearby tree, broke off a branch, and brought it back to the nest.... Read more

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Nesting Underway at Viera Wetlands

January 8, 2018 -  Herons, cormorants, and anhingas were all staking their claim to nest real estate.... The Anhingas are also in their bright breeding colors right now.... Normally Anhingas are overlooked as one of the more common birds in the wetlands.... Read more

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Springtime Stroll at Circle B Bar Reserve

March 2, 2017 - All morning I examined every Anhinga that I saw, asking each of them, "Are you in breeding colors?"  Finally as we approached the Four Corners intersection I found one with some color....  One of my favorites was filled with birds: Anhingas, grackles, a perched Belted Kingfisher, and a couple of…... Read more

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Foggy Morning Walk at Circle B Bar Reserve

January 18, 2017 -  Then we spotted an Anhinga swimming around with his prize in his mouth....  This was a small fish compared to the large catfish I usually see Anhingas gulping....  You can really see from this photo why the common name for Anhinga is "snakebird." As we headed up Heron Hideout on…... Read more

Sunset at the Polk Rookery

April 8, 2013 - The Anhingas and Double-Crested Cormorants nest year-round in this rookery....  Even Anhingas are pretty in their breeding colors, with those bright blue eye rings and the extra flashes of black on their faces.... Read more

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Signs of Spring at the Viera Wetlands

April 22, 2012 - I went to Viera in hopes of photographing the babies on this nest, and I was disappointed to find that the nest no longer was there.  However, there were other juvenile Anhingas on other palms, just farther away than "my" nest.  One palm housed two juveniles, and another housed three,…... Read more

Nesting Season Winds Down at Polk Rookery

July 10, 2011 - These two guys cracked me up.  The juvenile Double-Crested Cormorant was begging for food, fussing like crazy.  He flapped his wings and threw his head around, and the longer the other bird ignored him, the fussier he got.  I guess he didn't care that the other bird was an Anhinga! …... Read more

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Spoon-Feeding at the Polk Rookery

May 29, 2011 - Herman took my dad and me out in his boat again this morning.  The Polk Rookery has changed considerably since my last visit in March.  Then the birds were building their nests, and Great Egrets, Wood Storks dominated the Brazilian Pepper.  Today the rookery was filled with fledgling birds of…... Read more

Spring Morning at Viera Wetlands

April 17, 2011 - There were Anhinga nests out there, and Cattle Egrets seemed to be nesting there as well.  Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks kept flying in and out too.  Dyeyo and I wished we could hop in a boat and get closer.  I had to settle for using The Beast and a 1.4x teleconverter. …... Read more

Let’s Go Build a Nest! (Polk Rookery)

March 20, 2011 - Augustine Alligator Farm Rookery, this one is totally wild.  There were hundreds of birds there, most of them sporting their breeding plumages.  We saw Great Egrets, Wood Storks, Roseate Spoonbills, Black-Crowned Night Herons, White Ibises, Great Blue Herons, Snowy Egrets, Tricolored Herons, Little Blue Herons, Brown Pelicans, Double-Crested Cormorants, Anhingas,…... Read more

Sunset Bobcat at the Circle B Bar Reserve

March 11, 2011 - Snowy Egret This Anhinga posed on a post with the sun hitting his feathers...... Anhinga A Great Blue Heron flew in, circling around a couple of times and giving me a chance to get focused on him.  How nice of him!... Read more

Frogs and Snakes for Breakfast at the Circle B Bar Reserve

March 4, 2011 - Bald Eagles I was hoping to sneak up under these guys and photograph them from up close, but they saw me coming and took off.  That's when I noticed an Anhinga in pretty breeding colors (see the blue rings around the eyes)...... Anhinga I made my way up the Alligator…... Read more

Finally! I Photographed a Painted Bunting at the Circle B Bar Reserve!

February 13, 2011 - Ring-Billed Gull An Anhinga posed nearby.... Anhinga The Eagle Roost trail was rather empty, like usual.... Eagle nest Species List: American Bittern, American Coot, American Goldfinch, American Robin, American White Pelican, Anhinga, Bald Eagle, Belted Kingfisher, Black Vulture, Black-Bellied Whistling Duck, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Blue-winged Teal, Boat-tailed Grackle, Caspian Tern, Cattle…... Read more

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Bittern-ly Chilly Morning at the Circle B Bar Reserve

January 15, 2011 - I forgot all about the snipes when I saw an Anhinga catch a huge fish and carry it to Bubba's culvert to eat.... The fish was easily three times as big as the Anhinga's head!... He beat it against the rocks for a few minutes (that's the "beat it into…... Read more

Circle B Bar Reserve: the Photographer’s Playground!

January 8, 2011 - Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks Some of our group members were treated to the sight of this Anhinga eating his fish.   We watched him spear it, toss it back into his mouth, and do the fatal gulp.  Other group members got to see a different Anhinga with a fish, and he took…... Read more

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More Winter Birds Have Arrived at the Circle B Bar Reserve

November 12, 2010 - This was my best shot: American Coots An Anhinga was in his usual place on the buoys halfway down the trail.... Anhinga with fish Nearby, a Boat-Tailed Grackle posed for me, then hopped down to the ground and started picking at a dead fish.... Species list: Anhinga, American Coot, Bald…... Read more

How to Eat a Fish (if you’re an Anhinga)

June 20, 2010 - Dyeyo got an extra Father's Day gift today when this Anhinga posed for us at the Circle B Bar Reserve.  The Anhinga surfaced with a catfish and proceeded to eat it, to the delight of the Birdie Paparazzi!  (Hey, Squirt, it's a catfish!) So if you've never swallowed a fish…... Read more

Magical Sunrise at Circle B Bar Reserve

June 13, 2010 - Purple Gallinule Across the dike and down a bit is the Black-Necked Stilt nest.  We heard the mother fussing before we saw the stilts today.  The babies have gotten bigger, and I guess the mother isn't quite as protective now, because there was a pair of Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks right…... Read more

Slow Morning at Circle B Bar Reserve

June 6, 2010 - Common Moorhen Nearby, an Anhinga was sitting on a post, stalking fish for his breakfast.  He seemed to be thinking about flying away, and I waited for a while trying to get the flight shot, but he didn't want to cooperate (even after Dyeyo walked towards him, "talking" to him!) …... Read more

Sunrise at Circle B Bar Reserve

May 29, 2010 - It was fun to look across and see my "Cormorant Tree" filled with Double-Crested Cormorants and Anhingas.... Juvenile Common Moorhen A few yards later, we came across an Anhinga sunning himself.... Anhingas were very (very!) common birds at Circle B last fall, but became pretty scarce after the winter freezes.... Read more

American White Pelicans Roosting at Circle B Bar Reserve

December 28, 2009 - Prairie Warbler As usual, the marshes were full of anhingas.  They are such pretty birds when the light catches the detail on their wings.... Anhinga The birds at the Circle B Bar Reserve are so accustomed to people that they don't mind people walking right up to them.  So this…... Read more

Bird-watching at Circle B Bar Reserve

December 23, 2009 - Roseate spoonbill There are so many anhingas at this reserve!  The line, "Hey, there's an anhinga displaying!" has almost gotten to be a joke, because you see them everywhere.  I thought I got pretty nice pictures of this guy's front and back today.... Anhinga Anhinga Some of the trees are…... Read more

Our first visit to the Circle B Bar Reserve

November 8, 2009 - Pileated woodpecker pair There were anhingas everywhere, sunning themselves.... Anhinga I lost count of the double crested cormorants, which covered a lot of the trees out on Marsh Rabbit Run.  Their colors were impressive in the bright sunlight.... Read more