Indian Darter by Neil Bygrave (NATURELENS)

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Indian Darter (Anhinga melanogaster ) – Yala. Sri Lanka

Canon 7D
Canon 500mm F4 L IS plus 1.4x Extender
Bean Bag
Evaluative Metering -1 1/2

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Darters are cormorant-like water birds with very long necks and long, straight beaks. They often swim with only the neck above water, and are fish-eaters.

There are either two or four closely-related species in the darter family, Anhingidae. The Anhinga of the Americas (Anhinga anhinga) is clearly individual, the Indian, African, and Australian darters can be regarded as either three very similar species, or a single species with three widely separated subspecies (A. melanogaster melanogaster, A. melanogaster rufa and A. melanogaster novaehollandiae). In either case, all four share very similar behaviour and habitat. The Indian Darter is also commonly know as the Snake Bird.

This group is related to other Pelecaniformes such as Cormorants but also Pelicans, Frigate Birds and Boobies.

There is also an extinct species from Mauritius known only from bones, the Mauritian Darter, Anhinga nanus.

The Anhinga is native to the Americas. The Indian Darter is widespread eastwards from the Indian sub-continent to Indonesia, and differs in appearance from African and American darters most recognisably by its white lateral neck stripe.

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  • Neil Bygrave (NATURELENS)
    Neil Bygrave (...almost 5 years ago

  • velveteagle
    velveteaglealmost 5 years ago

    The light makes it dance.. I really like this …

  • Thank you Chuck :-)

    – Neil Bygrave (NATURELENS)

  • DJ LeMay
    DJ LeMayalmost 5 years ago

    WOW! The backlighting is absolutely spectacular! Love it!

  • Thank you :-)

    – Neil Bygrave (NATURELENS)

  • Els Steutel
    Els Steutelalmost 5 years ago

    Wonderful lighting and pose of the bird.

  • Thank you Els :-)

    – Neil Bygrave (NATURELENS)

  • KMorral
    KMorralalmost 5 years ago

    Wow. Fabulous capture, great back lighting!

  • Thank you

    – Neil Bygrave (NATURELENS)

  • laurav
    lauravalmost 5 years ago

    Love the light through the wings!

  • Thank you Laura :-)

    – Neil Bygrave (NATURELENS)

  • Michael Cummings
    Michael Cummingsalmost 5 years ago

    beautiful capture, well done :-)

  • Thank you Michael :-)

    – Neil Bygrave (NATURELENS)

  • Neil Ludford
    Neil Ludfordalmost 5 years ago

    Looks more like a firery pheonix.

  • Thank you Neil :-)

    – Neil Bygrave (NATURELENS)

  • ShotsOfLove
    ShotsOfLovealmost 5 years ago

    Fantastic capture :- )

  • Thank you :-)

    – Neil Bygrave (NATURELENS)

  • John Vandeven
    John Vandevenalmost 5 years ago

    Wow….Fantastic shot….The lighting is superb…

  • Thank you John

    – Neil Bygrave (NATURELENS)

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