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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


australasian darter, anhinga melanogaster, waterbird, brunswick, estuary, north coast, anhinga novaehollandiae, wings

Many thanks for checking out my photos, please feel free to give feedback! My wanderings in nature and observations of birds, particularly raptors, is what gives me great joy and constantly reminds me of the beauty and strength of life. My favourites are raptors, I love their freedom, grace, ruthlessness, pride, adaptability and flexibility and I learn much about parenting, protection and blind faith from them.
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  • shortshooter-Al
    shortshooter-Alalmost 3 years ago

    They are great looking birds. A nice capture Deb.

  • Many thanks Al, yes I really like them!

    – byronbackyard

  • Julie  White
    Julie Whitealmost 3 years ago

    Awesome capture..

  • Many thanks Julie!

    – byronbackyard

  • AndreaEL
    AndreaELalmost 3 years ago

    Excellent capture.

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkealmost 3 years ago

  • julie08
    julie08almost 3 years ago

    Great shot :)

  • Many thanks Julie!

    – byronbackyard

  • karina5
    karina5almost 3 years ago

    Wonderfully captured. It is a very impressive bird.

  • Many thanks Karina!

    – byronbackyard

  • Rodney Wratten
    Rodney Wrattenalmost 3 years ago

    Hi byronbackyard
    Very good shot, good colour on the wings very sharp they are a little hard to get close to even with a long lens at least the ones around here at Port Macquarie.

  • Many thanks Rodney, this was the first time that I could get really close and he really wasn’t bothered by me!

    – byronbackyard

  • swaby
    swabyalmost 3 years ago

    Fantastic shot Deb!

  • Many thanks Tina!

    – byronbackyard

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 3 years ago

    Lovely capture

  • Many thanks Larry!

    – byronbackyard

  • Alinka
    Alinkaalmost 3 years ago

    Gorgeous shot!

  • Many thanks Alinka, I love the Darters!

    – byronbackyard

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