Florida fishermen know each anhinga
produces 50 pounds of guano for every bluegill he eats.
Otras amenazas para la avifauna incluyen la recoleccion de huevos y pollos en las congregaciones reproductivas de aves acuaticas (los llamados "garzales", lugares donde se concentran por miles para reproducirse varias especies de garzas, cormoranes o cushuris (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) y aningas o shararas (Anhinga anhinga
Season Taxon SP SU F W Ducks C R C C Grebes R U U R Pelicans -- -- -- R Anhingas
R R R -- Cormorants U C C U Bitterns R R R R Herons/egrets C C A C Night-herons U C C U White ibises A C A A Dark ibises A C A A Spoonbills U U C U Storks -- U U -- Coots U X -- C Shorebirds C U A U Gulls C U U A Terns U R U U Legend.
, or snakebird, is common at Wakulla Springs and throughout Florida.
, gulls, terns, and kingfishers were recorded at the site in each year but never in the large numbers as reported at other crawfish production areas in the region (Huner and Musumeche 1999, Huner et al.
* Although this picture features only an alligator and a fish, cypress swamps are full of wildlife--including black birds, ducks, egrets, herons, water turkeys (anhingas
), woodpeckers, snakes, frogs and many different fish.
In trees along the five-mile drive, I've seen red-shouldered hawks, ospreys, anhingas
and brown pelicans.
Gannets and Boobies; Cormorants; Anhingas
; Pelicans; Screamers; Waterfowl; Magpie Goose; Flamingos; Herons; Egrets; Shoebill; Hamerkop; Ibis and Spoonbills; Storks; New World Vultures; Osprey; Hawks, Eagles and Kites.
Elsewhere, flamingos are observed to have a "billiarding/adolescent sprawl of knees" and "the silhouettes/ of parking meters," crows a "snug yarmulke," anhingas
"a calisthenic finesse." Ormsby works his comic anthropomorphoses further down the food chain, too.
The chapter on birds is great, and at last we see in print the real reason anhingas
stand with their wings outspread in the sun (thermoregulation, not drying out!).
Look out your car window on Alligator Alley and you'll see red-eyed anhingas
holding their wings out to dry, stately blue herons stalking fish in the canals and the occasional "Panther Crossing" sign to remind you of the elusive cats prowling through the forest.
perch near basking alligators to dry their wings, lending a primeval appearance to the scene.
) and kingfishers (Alcedinidae) nest high up in the treetops, while the African skimmer (Rynchops flavirostris) and gulls (Laridae) nest on the sandbanks.
The spot is home to what the University of Florida biologist calls "probably the most picturesque and beautiful bird colony in the world." Shrubs and trees festooned with blooming bromeliads host tricolored herons, great egrets, little blue herons, snowy egrets, snail kites, anhingas