A slender bird neck, not a stick.
I watched an Anhinga in the freshwater pond at Indian Riverside Park in Jensen Beach.
It slid below the surface and reappeared a short distance away.
Sort of camouflaged among the vegetation.
A flock of pigeons arrived for a quick drink and a splash.
Pretty green shine on this one’s neck.
I have been noticing cormorants in the pond recently, formerly not a typical visitor.
A sudden struggle.
Fighting over a fish.
Winner takes all.
On the prowl.
Nearby an Anhinga surfaces with a fresh catch.
Walks out of the water with the cormorant closing in behind.
Anhinga is a spearfisherbird.
Can the Anhinga swallow this fish?
Heads up, the thief is closing in.
Anhinga and Double-crested Cormorant face off.
Not in focus, but this was the dramatic moment I had to include!
Down the hatch.
And then they just stood next to each other, and pretty close to me. What a strange wildlife moment, close to home.
Nice opportunity to compare two birds that are often confused for each other.
A short time later, two cormorants on an old nest box.