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Copyright: Sascha Weissbeck (Sascha-Steinau) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 59 W: 3 N: 173] (1620)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-05-02
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D700, Sigma 70-300mm F4,0-5,6 DG APO Makro
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-05-26 11:17
Viewed: 1268
Points: 8
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I captured this very nice and impressive Bird at the Silver Springs State Park Florida. At this day we see a lot of Birds, Fishes Alligators and Turtles etc. But sadly on this day the Manatees were not there. Anyway that's mother nature and she will show us what she want not what we want to see and that makes our hobby more interesting and exciting. ;O)


The anhinga is also sometimes called as snakebird, darter, American darter, or water turkey, is a water bird of the warmer parts of the Americas. The word anhinga comes from the Brazilian Tupi language and means devil bird or snake bird.

It is a cormorant-like bird with an average body length of 85 cm (33 in), a wingspan of 117 cm (46 in), and a mass of up to 1.35 kg (3.0 lb). It is a dark-plumaged piscivore with a very long neck, and often swims with only the neck above water. When swimming in this style the name snakebird is apparent, since only the colored neck appears above water the bird looks like a snake ready to strike. They do not have external nares (nostrils) and breathe solely through their epiglottis.

The anhinga is placed in the darter family, Anhingidae, and is closely related to Indian (Anhinga melanogaster), African (A. rufa), and Australian (A. novaehollandiae) darters. Like other darters, the anhinga hunts by spearing fishes and other small prey using its sharp, slender beak.

Informations were taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anhinga

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-05-26 14:21]

Hi Sasha,a curious point of view and a beautiful wings position like an angel,a great capture of this strange bird not often seen on TN,excellent quality as usual.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2015-05-26 20:11]

Hello Sascha,
A nice shot of a bird which has, as you already stated, an unusual nick name of the snakebird. I like the way it's wings are held out fully as it dries them in the sun. Nicely focused and giving us a great look at it's plumage and unique body features. Good job on exposure considering you had to deal with such harsh lighting.

hallo Sascha
nice composition with good details
thanks gr lou

Bonjour Sascha,
L'éclairage n'est pas parfait mais le sujet est tout de même relativement bien valorisé.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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