We saw quite a few Anhingas when we were at the Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge. Most were females and easy to identify with their brownish neck. After fishing in and under the water they like to dry their wings in the pose above and below. They will stay with their wings stretched out for quite a while. The featured image is a 2 image panorama taken with a Tamron 150-600mm lens @ 600mm. Anhingas swim with their bodies partly or mostly submerged and their long, snakelike neck held partially out of the water. After a swim they perch on branches or logs to dry out, holding their wings out and spreading their tails. They frequently soar high in the sky, riding on thermals much like raptors and vultures.
Love the light in your first image and the bird’s reflection in the water – a perfect pose!
Thanks Eliza! It is one of our favorite places to photograph! To bad it is so far away!
Thanks Maddy! They are fun to watch and photograph! Especially if they are in the water fishing!
Great shots, Reed, love the reflection!
Thanks Donna! There were quite a few around the Refuge. This was one of the closer ones!
Nicely done, Reed! The bird looks like it’s struck a ballet pose 😊
Thanks Belinda! It does look like that! This is their standard pose, drying their wings after swimming & fishing in the water!
That first is a nice one, Reed.
Thanks again Steve! There Anhingas all through the Refuge! But most were far out so I concentrated on the closer ones.