Anhingas Images

photo 0061.jpg T he first time I encountered the Anhinga aka Snakebird in Florida I saw it perched on a dead tree branch with its wings outstretched. My immediate (and naive as it turned out) reaction was that I was about to capture something special on film. As I later learned this behavior is common because the Anhinga must dry its wings because it does not produce water repellant oils for its feathers and would lose buoyancy if it did not dry them. The lack of oils is what allows it to easily dive for fish and stay submerged for significant time.