Friday, March 7, 2014

CAMERA CRITTERS, SATURDAY'S CRITTERS AND BIRD D'POT

I have shared photos of the Anhinga before but I was so taken and found it an extraordinary bird.  I particularly love the first photo where it is looking up towards the sky.  We were walking along the Anhinga Trail at the Everglades on our road trip last January.


To learn more about this bird click here.  Scroll down on that page and you will find an audio button sharing its call.
















The sign reads: 

"This trail skirts the edge of a fresh water slough, where wildlife is likely to appear at close range.  The encounters are not exactly random; during dry season the slough operates like one of the many gator holes throughout the shallow river of grass.  In these deeper pools, fish become concentrated, attracting alligators, wading birds, and a throng of other creatures.  The drama is not just the largest egret or alligator but the combination of creatures and conditions - the water level, the killifish, the pond apple trees.

Anhingas may be found along this trail in abundance, often with their back to the warm sun and their wings out to dry.  Anhingas need this water because they feed by diving."


I am joining Misty's Camera Critters, Eileen's Saturday's Crittersand Anni's Bird D'Pot.  Thank you for hosting these great memes ladies.

31 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

they're marvelous!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

I like them too. They always look slightly crazed to me with their wings spread out and something about their eyes, which you caught perfectly. (A little crazy is OK by me!)

sparkle100-havealook.blogspot.com said...

oh this is a beautiful bird. Oh look at those beautiful markings.

Such a beautiful color.

Kay said...

Fantastic photographs.

eileeninmd said...

Denise, wonderful series on the Anhinga.. They are cool birds, you have some great poses. Have a happy weekend. BTW, thank for sharing your post on the critter party..

Michelle said...

I love those eyes.

schmidleysscribblins.com said...

Fabulous bird. I hope the Pythons don't get them!

Willow said...

Gorgeous creature !

William Kendall said...

A very distinctive looking bird. And those eyes are intense!

Elephant's Child said...

Love the punk hairdo... And the markings on the wings.

David Oliver said...

I found myself staring at the first picture for awhile and thinking we humans look like that sometimes. It is intriguing but number three and four are wonderful as well. It must be my imagination but those birds seem to be expressing a feeling.

Cloudia said...

GASP! Wow!



ALOHA from Honolulu
Comfort Spiral

=^..^= <3

Betsy Adams said...

Beautiful bird --and you captured him perfectly.. WOW!!!

Thanks for wishing George a Happy Birthday.
Hugs,
Betsy

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

The wingspan alone is stunning and that adorable face:))

Country Gal said...

Awesome post and photos ! Beautiful birds ! Thanks for sharing . Have a good weekend !

Adam said...

quite the unique bird

Brian King said...

Fantastic shots!

Mimsie said...

Such an interesting and very beautiful bird. Thanks for sharing some magnificent photographs with us.
Hope your weekend is a good one for you both. x

Valerie said...

What amazing eyes this bird has, Denise. I'm at a loss how to describe them.

Linda Gross said...

The eyes are amazing! It is a very beautiful bird. I remember seeing an Anhinga while at Walt Disney World several years ago.

Gordon said...

Truely amazing shots of a very unusual bird.
All the best Gordon.

Linda said...

Awesome shots of the wings!

DougPhoto2009 said...

Denise, the Anhinga is featured in the March/April 2014 edition of BirdWatcher's Digest. Thanks for sharing your photos of this bird.

Karen said...

Terrific captures of this show off! Wow, He is handsome.

Kay said...

What an interesting bird. The eyes are really distinctive.

Shey Wicklund said...

Gorgeous bird with wings spread out. Very well captured!

lina@happy families said...

Your captures really show the bird's beauty, Denise. Love it.

Gunilla Bäck said...

It's a very handsome bird!

SeagullSuzie said...

Oh I love your photos of this fantastic looking bird.

Anni said...

Beautiful...perhaps with the dense coloring around the eyes, this is matting season?

Ela said...

This is an amazing bird.
Great photos. Greetings :)