Mr. And Mrs. Anhinga

Yesterday over at the marsh pond I saw this male and female anhinga in the classic wing drying pose. The male on the right is dressed in his typical all black attire, but also has the aqua blue/green eye ‘makeup’ which indicates breeding condition. Once they had their wings sufficiently dried, Mr. Anhinga decided it was time to leave with the lovely Mrs. following not far behind.

A bit later I saw another male perched nearby. He was also starting to get the breeding color around his eyes, but I didn’t see a mate so…he may still be single and looking! 

Anhingas in the Marsh Pond

Anhingas in the Marsh Pond

Anhingas in the Marsh Pond

Anhingas in the Marsh Pond

33 thoughts on “Mr. And Mrs. Anhinga

    • It’s funny how the males get that gaudy look at breeding time but it is an interesting and bright color.
      I’m hanging in so far, but I think the cure is worse then the disease.

    • Thanks Judy, glad you liked these anhinga shots.
      She just picked up a piece of string like pond vegetation. If you look in the second photo it’s under the male’s feet and he is dragging it over as he took off and she must have picked it up when she took off. It will drop off her foot quickly.

  1. Great shots of this anhinga pair. That last portrait is excellent! I was wondering too, about the string that looks like it’s attached to the female’s leg as she is flying?

    • Hey Lee, thanks for checking these out and glad you enjoyed seeing the anhingas.
      As I told Judy, The female just picked up a piece of string-like pond vegetation. If you look in the second photo it’s under the male’s feet and he is dragging it over as he took off and she must have picked it up when she took off.
      It will drop off her foot quickly I expect.

    • I appreciate you checking them out Maggie and your very kind words.
      Alyce took me over to the marsh yesterday and allowed me ten minutes out before transporting me straight back home. Lucky these anhingas were out.

  2. Long time lurker, first time to comment. Your photos are fabulous and your narrative is compelling. Thanks for sharing your tremendous talent!

  3. Lovely sequence. The anhinga are pretty birds. Fascinating about the eye color change! That last photo – so interesting in every way! What a cute little punkish tuft he has. Those eyes contrast so dramatically with his plummage and bill. 🙂

    • The anhinga is my number one favorite bird action to watch and photograph. Their fishing method is amazing! These birds were already done fishing by the time I saw them and were drying off. I always thought the kind of fluffy black feathers on the male looked like cat fur.

  4. I love that couple shot! So clearly demonstrates the appearance of the male and female. And, those mating colors around the eye..I just love them. So interesting how brilliant they become..and all due to bird hormones!! I suppose if humans got that skin color around the eye when in heat that we’d look like an Egyptian princess or something.

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