Anhinga Fly And Fish
Recently I grabbed these shots of an anhinga as it flew past the tree line and then swooped down looking for a spot to land along the edge of the marsh pond. Once settled in and satisfied with his base of operations, the anhinga hopped into the water and did what he does best…spearing a fish dinner!
He’s (or she) is BEAUtiful. How I love the focused eyes upon the catch!
They are amazing brids for sure! Thanks for checking these out!
Hey thanks Phil. Great shots. Nice to see what an anhinga in flight looks like! Now I wish you could identify the fish they catch for dinner. 🙂 Seems they like a variety of types?!?!
I’m really happy you enjoyed these anhinga pics Deb! Yes they do catch several different varieties of fish, I believe this one is a small “Spot” but not 100% positive.
The fish looks quite startled! 😛 Nice shots! ▲
Oh I bet that fish was more then a little startled. 😯 Bad day for the fish, good day for the bird.
I So that’s what an Anhinga looks like in flight – very impressive! I love the detail of this bird against the background. These shots are beautiful, Phil!
Thank you Maggie and I’m glad to hear you liked seeing the flight photos of the anhinga. I have many photos in my files of anhingas fishing but surprisingly few flight shots that’s a big reason why I thought it a good idea to post these up here. 🙂
The third photo is probably one of your best sir!!! It is almost 3-D in dimension.
Hey thanks so much! Very nice of you to say that and glad you liked that photo!
He looks chubbier in flight than a cormorant. Or was it the angle? We don’t get many anhingas here to compare.
I think it’s likely the angle because I always thought the D-c Cormorant was a slightly stockier bird then the anhinga who is actually kind of a slim bird. I’m happy we still have some anhingas around because they are a blast to watch and photograph! 🙂
I think the first one is beautiful. The clarity of the third shot is amazing!
Well thanks so much Amy, I greatly appreciate the kind words.
A wonderful sequence…thank you. I finally consulted my bird book because I recognized the bird but not the name. I know it as a Darter and….lo and behold…. for the first time ever I noticed the scientific name (in tiny pale print)…anhinga!
Live and learn, eh Ray? 🙂
Well you are correct, it technically is a Darter with the family name being Anhinga. 🙂 And although they are water birds like the cormorant, fish similar to the cormorant, and need to dry off their wings like the cormorant, the anhingas are in a family all their own.
I’m really happy you enjoyed these photos and please feel free to check out many more anhinga photos here:
A face only a mother could love. And such awful table manners!
They are nowhere near as rough looking as the wood storks but yes, they sure fling their food around like an unruly chimp. 🙂
Great captures. Love the fish shot.
Thanks very much so glad you enjoyed these anhinga shots.
Nice. If only it was that easy.
You mean catching the fish? I talk (yell) at them all the time to catch a fish when they are in the perfect spot (for me to get pics) and always feel they look at me like…”if you think it’s so easy pal, you jump in here and catch a fish with the end of your nose!”
Stunning nature photography!!!
Thanks a million Jan so glad you like these photos.
Another amazing series of action pics, Phil. That’s a huge fish he caught.
You’re getting rather good at this photography thing. 😆
Thank you very much Sylvia, and yes he is an expert at spearing those fish.
I’m trying to plug along as best I can with this whole nature photography thing, hope you see some improvements. 😀
Oh yes, I think you’re really getting the hang of it now. 😆
Good to hear, thanks much Sylvia. I really just don’t want the alligators to make fun of me over shoddy photography, they can be a bit snarky at times. 😀
Wow.. I’d never seen a bird like that before!! 😀
They are very entertaining to watch and amazing at spearing fish!
Fine images of this other Mr. A, Phil. He is obviously a very skilled fisherbird.
Oh he does a great job out there for sure! Amazing talent! 🙂
Nice fish ! Great capture Phil.
Thanks for checking these out Emily!
Thanks, glad you liked them.