Sunday, December 5, 2010

(Day 339) Anhinga anhinga

I hope you don't mind learning a few things alongside me. Each day it seems we discover something new here of this wonderful creation. Some of this might be old news for folks that live here but we're finding it fascinating. Until today, if someone had mentioned a 'kettle of anhinga' to me I would likely have thought they were talking about brewing a gourmet tea. Today I learned that they would have been referring to a flock of snakebirds.

Snakebirds ? Yep, also known as anhingas (I think only scientists run around calling them by this name), and water turkeys ! We spotted this one near a pond, and since (of course) I had my camera, I was able to get a few shots. From doing a little research, this one appears to be a lone female - we didn't see a kettle of them.

(70-200mm  f8  1/25 sec  ISO800)

click on photo to enlarge
(70-200mm  f8  1/30 sec  ISO800)

I cropped this one somewhat to get a closer view

 And while we're talking about Florida, here's a sunset captured a few weeks ago
 
(10-22mm  f7.1  1/320 sec  ISO200)

20 comments:

Farmchick said...

Seriously long necks on these birds. Love the perspective on the last shot.

chrischaos said...

those birds are crazy looking. we have similar birds here in nc

darlin said...

I love your snake bird shots, especially the second one... damn I can't type tonight! grrr.

The sunset is stunning!

Scott said...

Your snakebird photos are cool, but your sunset is gorgeous.

Here I Am/Carrie said...

That bird has some beak. Lovely sunset also. Have a wonderful week.

Leovi said...

Beautiful colors and great texture of the water. In the unusual posture of the bird seems an abstract. I like it.

CarreraCaballo said...

I love the second phot, perfect framing :-)

Greetz,

Joseph

S. Etole said...

Learned something new this morning!

Dawn said...

Wow. Giraffe birds.
Love learning things new...so thanks for teaching! Don't mind at all!!

Gorgeous sky.

M. Hassan said...

The second shot is well composed and I love the red eye.

By the way, I found out today, due to your message and that of Darlin that my followers weren't getting any updates from my blog. The reason were not clear & all I could do was delete my followers list and create a new one. That meant that I lost my friends. Can you please refollow my blog?

Tricia said...

I've never heard of them, but they're kinda cool lookin'!

becky said...

She is very cute. Learning something new is always fun! Looks like you are enjoying Florida!
:)

Katherine said...

You can see how they get their name 'snake birds' with long necks like that! Great photos Rick and what a truly sensational sunset.

Soraia said...

Great photos!
Love the last one :D

Rick said...

Farmchick - I hadn't noticed till she stuck that long neck out - WAY out ! Thank you.

Crazy-looking but cool too - a bird swimming like a snake; thanks for stopping by Chris !

Thanks for commenting Darlene - even though you still have sore fingers ! Hope they're starting to feel better.

Scott - thank you !!

Rick said...

Carrie - amazing isn't it ! Thanks Carrie.

Leovi - thank you; can't compare with your abstracts !

Thank you Joseph !

You're welcome Susan ;-) I did too.

Rick said...

Dawn - good nickname for it ! Nothing like living in (for me) an exotic place to learn stuff. And thank you !

Thank you M (and I've re-followed).

I hadn't either Tricia, and I agree !

Hi Becky - cute in a 'beaky' sorta way. Yep - havin' fun in the sun (although it's gonna be COLD for a couple of days - lows down to 36F (brrr)

Rick said...

Thank you Katherine - I'd never seen one of these birds before.

Soraia - thank you !

Lisa RedWillow said...

Gorgeous colors in the Sunset. So peaceful agian. Lovely images.
Im still trying to catch up Rick

Rick said...

Take your time Lisa - I know what it's like (I hate falling behind ...). Thank you for your visit and comment !