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The anhinga or American darter (anhinga anhinga) can be found throughout the Americas from the southeastern United States to Argentina. Because it lacks the oils and types of feathers used to keep birds warm, they are restricted to the warmer climes. It is also called the black darter, water turkey, or snakebird.

The word anhinga comes from the Brazilian Tupi language, which means devil bird, an evil spirit of the woods. The anhingas or darters, and cormorants are all part of the order suliformes. They were once part of the same family but have been separated into two families, anhingidae and phalacrocoracidae respectively.

 

The anhinga roosts in trees and bushes near freshwater, or the brackish water found in bays, lagoons and tidal streams, to be near its food source. It catches its prey by diving, swimming slowly while stalking its  prey, and then stabbing it with its pointed beak. They usually take their catch to shore to eat. Taking it off its beak  by shaking it or beating it on the ground. The anhinga then tosses it into the air and catches it so that it can swallow it head first. Although the anhingas main diet is fish, they also feed on other aquatic animals like eels, snakes, crayfish, frogs, etc. Because the anhinga stalks its prey instead of chasing it, like the cormorant does, it swims slower than the cormorant and doesn't dive as deep.

 

An anhinga will often be seen swimming near the surface of the water with only its head and neck showing looking much like a swimming snake, which is how it got the name snakebird. Because it lacks the oils that most waterbirds use to coat their feathers, the anhinga's feathers become waterlogged, which make it easier for it to sink and swim under the water but offers no protection from the cold. This causes them to have to come out of the water frequently to warm up and dry off. You will see them perched in bushes and low hanging trees with their wings and tail feathers spread to help them dry off and warm up. They got the name water turkey from this image.

Picture of a male anhinga (anhinga anhinga) having a bad hair day for the wall of your home or office, as a fine art nature print.

Title:   A Bad Hair Day

Picture of an anhinga tossing a fish into the air in Lakeland, Florida's Circle B Bar Preserve as a fine art nature print for the wall of your home or office.

Title:   The Art of Juggling

Picture of an anhinga in a tree at Tampa, Florida's Lettuce Lake Park as a fine art nature print for the wall of your home or office.
Picture of a female anhinga on a misty morning in Tampa, Florida's Lettuce Lake Park as a fine art nature print for the wall of your home or office.
Picture of an anhinga on a barbed wire festooned post in the Alafia River as a fine art nature print for the wall of your home or office.

Title:   Snake Bird

Title:   Anhinga On A Misty Morning

Title:   Barbed Perch

Picture of a male anhinga with breeding plumage that looks like a mohawk haircut as a fine art nature print for the wall of your home or office.

Title:   Anhinga Mohawk

Picture of a male anhinga watching for movement that might indicate it's next meal, as a fine art nature print for the wall of your home or office.

Title:   A watchful Eye

Picture of an anhinga's wake in the Hillsborough River at Tampa, Florida's Lettuce Lake Park as a fine art nature print for the wall of your home or office.

Title:   The Wake

Picture of an anhinga drying its wings in Lakeland, Florida's Circle B Bar Preserve as a fine art nature print for the wall of your home or office.
Black and white picture of a male anhinga (anhinga anhinga) having a bad hair day for your home or office, as a fine art nature print.
Picture of an anhinga drying off  in Tampa, Florida's Lettuce Lake Park as a fine art nature print for the wall of your home or office.

Title:   The Warmth Of The Sun

Title:   A Bad Hair Day BW

Title:   Time to Dry Out

Digital picture of a female anhinga on a misty morning in Tampa, Florida's Lettuce Lake Park as a fine art nature print for the wall of your home or office.

Title:   Anhinga On A Misty Morning DA

Picture of an anhinga's wake in the Hillsborough River st Tampa, Florida's Lettuce Lake Park as a fine art nature print for the wall of your home or office.
Picture of a male anhinga watching for movement that might indicate it's next meal, as a fine art nature print for the wall of your home or office.
Black and white picture of an anhinga on a barbed wire festooned post in the Alafia River as a fine art nature print for the wall of your home or office.
Picture of an anhinga drying off in Tampa, Florida's Lettuce Lake Park as a fine art nature print for the wall of your home or office.

Title:   The Wake BW

Title:   A Watchfu;l Eye BW

Title:   Barbed Perch BW

Title:   Time To Dry Out BW

Picture of a sunning female anhinga for your home or office, as a fine art nature print.

Title:   Shining Light

Digital representation of an anhinga or snake bird as a fine art nature print for the wall of your home or office.

Title:   Brilliant Plumed Shake Bird

Picture of a male anhinga with breeding plumes as a fine art nature print for the wall of your home or office.

Title:   American Darter

Picture of an anhinga drying its wings on a branch overlooking the oxbow in Tampa, Florida's Lettuce lake Park as a fine art nature print for the walls of your home or office.

Title:   Anhinga Overlook

Pictue of an anhinga drying its wings in Tampa, Florida's Lettuce Lake Park as a fine art nature print for the walls of your home or office.

Title:   Air Dry

A femal anhinga as a fine art print for the walls of your home or office.

Title:   Drying Female Anhinga

An anhinga as a fine art nature print for the walls of your home or office.

Title:   Anhinga Anhinga

A maleanhinga as a fine art nature print for the walls of your home or offie.

Title:   Lettuce Lake Anhinga

An anhinga as a fine art nature print for the walls of your home or office.

Title:   Anhinga

A male anhinga as a fine art nature print for the walls of your home or office.

Title:   Self Satisfied Male

A male anhinga as a fine art nature print for the walls of your home or office.

Title:   A Wonderful Day

A mal anhinga as a fine art natue print for the walls of your home or office.

Title:   Hillsborough River Anhinga

A male anhinga as a fine art nture print for thewalls of your home or office.

Title:   A Warming Sun

An anhinga as a fine art nature print for the walls of your home or office.

Title:   Sunning Anhinga

A male anhinga as a fine art nature print for the walls of your home or office.

Title:   Something To Say

A female anhinga as a fine art nature print for the walls of your home or office.

Title:   Female Anhinga

An anhinga a a fine art nature print for the walls of your home or office.

Title:   Graceful Neck

A perching anhinga as a fine art nature print for the walls of your home or office.

Title:   Perching Anhinga

Female anhinga as a fine art nature print for the walls of your home or office.

Title:   Female American Darter

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