If you read the previous post, you know this bird came very close to where I was sitting and started drying out his feathers. Originally he was sunning himself on a branch in the water, then hopped on shore near me. After a while he returned to the branch. If I didn't know better, I'd think he wanted to make sure I could photograph all of him instead of just the closeups of his face. His look back at me seems to say, "Are you getting this?"
|A beautiful Anhinga looks over his shoulder at me while I photograph him.|
"Yes, Mr. Anhinga. I'm getting it..."
|An Anhinga sits in the spread-wing posture as he continues to dry his feathers.|
|Anhingas sit in the sun with their wings spread even when they are dry because they also use this posture for thermoregulation.|
|Anhinga's feathers become wet all the way to the skin. Anihingas use the muscles in their skin to make the feathers stand on end to help them dry.|
|The sun shines through the wing feathers on an Anhinga (interior view) creating an amber glow.|
|...small feathers "standing on edge" make the upper part of this Anginga's wings look spiky.|
|"Water Turkey" is one of an Anhinga's nicknames. It's easy to see its origin...the striped pattern and light tips on a spread Anhinga's tail resemble a turkey's. It's other nickname, "Snakebird," is easy to figure out too. When an Anhinga's body is submerged and only its shiny, wet head and neck are visible above the water, it looks like a black snake swimming along (click here for a photo in a previous post).|
This is the second of three Anhinga posts:
Part 1: Anhinga close-ups
Part 2: More Anhinga photos; spread-wing posture
Part 3: The silver feathers on an Anhinga's wings