Tag Archives: Anhinga

Anhinga Swimming Freestyle

I thought I might see this Anhinga dive and catch a fish. Instead she swam passed me, rhythmically arching her neck back and forth as she propelled forward.

Anhinga Swimming
Anhinga Swimming

And she dropped lower in the water.

Anhinga Swimming
Anhinga Swimming

I wondered

Anhinga Swimming
Anhinga Swimming

how low

Anhinga Swimming
Anhinga Swimming

would she go? And why didn’t she dive?

Anhinga Swimming
Anhinga Swimming

She was making steady progress and after a few more beats rose back up a bit and swam out of my sight scoring points for style but not getting any breakfast.

Bear Island Wildlife Management Area, SC
Rice field canal
August 29, 2021

Anhingas

Anhingas are beautiful birds in an understated way. During mating season the color around their eye intensifies to a rich minty green.

Anhinga
Anhinga on nest with mate standing guard

The male, on the left below, is all black and the female has a tan neck and shoulders.

Anhinga Pair
Anhinga Pair displaying mating behavior

These images are from a few years ago, a post I started but left unfinished. This year we are not seeing nearly as many Anhinga pairs at the rookery as other years.

Anhinga Sunning
Anhinga Sunning

Anhinga vs Cormorant

Lots of folks confuse these two water birds, it was interesting to see them side-by-side, watching one of each compete for the same space.

Anhinga and Cormorant
Female Anhinga and Double-crested Cormorant

The immediate way to tell them apart is the Anhinga has a straight bill and the Cormorant’s is hooked.

Anhinga and Cormorant
Anhinga and Cormorant

The Anhinga won the first round of “King of the Hill.”

Anhinga and Cormorants
Female Anhinga and Cormorants

A few minutes later one of the Cormorants returned, showing off his feet as he looked to get closer to the stump.

Anhinga and Cormorant
Female Anhinga and Double-crested Cormorant

An Ibis was on the scene, but had no interest in the competition.

Anhinga and Cormorants
Anhinga and Cormorants

Another view showing off the beak comparison.

Anhinga and Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant and Female Anhinga

Yellow-crowned Night-heron and Friends

Maybe not friends, but tree-mates. This dead tree stands on the banks of the Ashley River and is popular perch for a variety of birds.

Yellow-crowned Night-heron
Yellow-crowned Night-heron

I have been watching some Yellow-crowned Night-herons that are nesting at the edge of a nearby pond. This one stayed here, perhaps getting a respite from nest duty, for over an hour.

Yellow-crowned Night-heron
Yellow-crowned Night-heron

The Anhinga and Grackle came and went. The sky stayed grey.

Yellow-crowned Night-heron
Yellow-crowned Night-heron