The Darter is a large, slim water bird with a long snake-like neck, sharp pointed bill, and long, rounded tail. Male birds are dark brownish black with glossy black upperwings, streaked and spotted white, silver-grey and brown. The strongly kinked neck has a white or pale brown stripe from the bill to where the neck kinks and the breast is chestnut brown. Females and immatures are grey-brown above, pale grey to white below, with a white neck stripe that is less distinct in young birds. The Darter is often seen swimming with only the snake-like neck visible above the water, or drying its wings while perched on a tree or stump over water. While its gait is clumsy on land, it can soar gracefully to great heights on thermals, gliding from updraft to updraft. It has a cross-shaped silhouette when flying.
Canon 50D, 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG OS

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australasian darter, anhinga melanogaster, waterbird, west byron wetlands, anhinga novaehollandiae

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  • naturelover
    natureloveralmost 3 years ago

    This is fantastic, excellent capture of the bird, and a lovely scene, a fav!

  • Many thanks Naturelover, I love the Darters!

    – byronbackyard

  • supergold
    supergoldalmost 3 years ago

    wonderful capture

  • Many thanks!

    – byronbackyard

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 3 years ago

  • KatMagic Photography
    KatMagic Photo...almost 3 years ago

    That’s a really beautiful shot…gorgeous work of this Darter..

  • Many thanks KatMagic, gorgeous day today!

    – byronbackyard

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...almost 3 years ago

    1 November 2011 – 1 image per 24hrs!

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBalmost 3 years ago

    November 1, 2011

  • Many thanks Teresa, very happy making!

    – byronbackyard

  • Rene Hales
    Rene Halesalmost 3 years ago

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimagealmost 3 years ago

    congratulations for your feature in the BIRDS group !!!
    my best, francis.

  • Many thanks Francis!

    – byronbackyard

  • Trish Threlfall
    Trish Threlfallalmost 3 years ago

    beautiful capture Deb :))

  • Many thanks Trish!

    – byronbackyard

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