Anhinga at Indian RiverSide Park.
I am Anhinga, hear me roar!
At first glance I thought it was a cormorant because of the thick neck. But it has a straight pointy bill and cormorants have a downward curve at the tip of their bills.
Was it trying to swallow a big fish? I really have no idea.
It had its mouth open the whole time I was taking photos. It wasn’t actually making any sound (like roaring).
This is a female or juvenile, with the light brown neck and upper body.
See how the feathers are wet – looks like wet dog fur, almost. They aren’t waterproof like a duck’s feathers and need to dry after swimming. One reason Anhingas don’t live in cold places, I guess.
Good swimming feet.
The Amazed – no, Amazing! – Anhinga.