Florida fishermen know each anhinga
produces 50 pounds of guano for every bluegill he eats.
1982): <<Energetics and Spread-winged Behaviour of Anhinga
in Florida>>, Condor, vol.
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.
swims with its whole body submerged; only its head and long, slender neck are visible above the water, hence the name snakebird.
Eighty species of waterbirds including grebes, cormorants, anhingas
, bitterns, herons, egrets, ibises and spoonbills, waterfowl, rails, gallinules, coots, shorebirds, gulls and terns, and kingfishers were documented.
However, the anhingas
have long, thin necks and swim with their whole bodies in the water.
In trees along the five-mile drive, I've seen red-shouldered hawks, ospreys, anhingas
and brown pelicans.
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.
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.
Shrubs and trees festooned with blooming bromeliads host tricolored herons, great egrets, little blue herons, snowy egrets, snail kites, anhingas
In the Flamingo Area at Eco Pond, visitors can spot red-shouldered hawks, warblers, and anhingas
The Venice Area Audubon Rookery, mentioned earlier, attracts a variety of birds, including great blue herons, great egrets, snowy egrets, cattle egrets, anhingas
, gallinules and yellow-crowned night herons.