Yesterday afternoon I was watching these two anhingas fishing in the marsh pond. The anhinga is a water bird that fishes by swimming under water and spearing a fish on the end of it’s very sharp bill. When it surfaces with the fish impaled, it will flip the fish off it’s bill into mid air and then open it’s mouth wide to catch the fish as it plummets down toward the anhinga’s waiting throat.
An anhinga fishing is my favorite bird action to view, and it is also one of the most challenging wildlife behaviors for me to photograph. These birds can surface almost anywhere and to spot it and lock on focus and hopefully get the patented anhinga ‘fish flip’ captured as it happens can be tough. For anyone wishing to see more photos of these amazing birds in action please feel free to check out the Anhinga Photos gallery at the top of my blog.