Christmas Day Visitor

We had a back yard visitor on Christmas Day…as usual, I had to run get my camera and telephoto lens to get a shot. This particular critter is called an anhinga.

If you’ve ever seen this bird swimming, you know why it’s also called the snakebird – it swims with its body submerged and, with just its head and curvy neck sticking out of the water, it looks like a snake. Another common name for the anhinga is the water turkey, due to its long tail.

After swimming, it likes to perch and spread out its wings and tail to dry. I could tell this bird was a female anhinga, because her head, neck and breast are buff-colored.

These birds will dive underwater to hunt for food – It’s interesting to watch them come up with a small fish clutched in their beaks and then carefully flip it into position so they can swallow it.

And a last little tidbit of information – the binomial name of this bird is anhinga anhinga, which for some reason just cracks me up…it’s like someone ran out of ideas when they were naming this bird, and just used the same word twice 🙂


About donnahuebsch

I'm a wife, a mom to an unschooling teenager, an animal lover, an artsy craftsy kind of person, & a DIYer. We're embarking on our BIGGEST do-it-yourself project yet - renovating an entire house!
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4 Responses to Christmas Day Visitor

  1. barb19 says:

    Wow – that’s a big bird! Glad you were able to capture her on film, it’s a great photo!

  2. donnahuebsch says:

    She does look huge, doesn’t she? The bird book says they only average about 2.7 pounds but are 35 inches in length…a lightweight!

  3. eof737 says:

    Merry Christmas and a ♥Happy ♥New ♥Year ♥ to you and your family! 🙂 Hope to see more of you/your writing in 2012.

  4. donnahuebsch says:

    I hope to do more writing, too! I have discovered HubPages and spend a good deal of writing time there. It’s a lot of fun, plus you can make a little extra money doing it.

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