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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  • Denzil
    Denzilalmost 3 years ago

    Beautiful! Love the comp – the shadowy ducks in the background, those astonishing waterlilies, and the bird itself, in its characteristic wing-drying pose – great shot!!!

  • Many thanks Denzil, beautiful in the wetlands!

    – byronbackyard

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 3 years ago

    Wonderful capture

  • Many thanks Larry!

    – byronbackyard

  • Franklin Lindsey
    Franklin Lindseyalmost 3 years ago

    At a glance, it almost looks like a painting the colors are so in touch with everything. Lovely image and photography.

  • Many thanks Franklin, just gorgeous in the wetlands at the moment!

    – byronbackyard

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 3 years ago

  • Magaret Meintjes
    Magaret Meintjesalmost 3 years ago

    1 Image per 24hrs 2011/11/07

  • Quinn Blackburn
    Quinn Blackburnalmost 3 years ago

    lovely capture and interesting info, great work!

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