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When it comes to avian elegance, the male anhinga in full breeding regalia is in a class all by himself.

Location: Everglades National Park, FL, USA
500mm Lens

Description ADULT MALE Has blackish plumage, except for silvery feathers on upper wing coverts and silvery, elongate feathers on back and scapulars. ADULT FEMALE Similar to male, but has a buffy brown head, neck, and breast. JUVENILE Similar to adult female, but silvery elements of upper wing and back plumage are duller and show less contrast.

Dimensions Length: 34-36" (86-91 cm)

Habitat Associated with swamps rich with fish; also lakes and sluggish rivers. Found year-round near coasts but, in summer, breeding range extends inland.

Observation Tips Easy to see on Gulf coast, but for spectacularly close views visit the Everglades.

Range Mid-Atlantic, Texas, Southeast, Southwest, Plains, Rocky Mountains, Florida

Voice Mostly silent, but agitated nesting birds utter rattling croaks.

Discussion Unmistakable slim waterbird. Swims well, often so low in water that only its long, slender head and neck are visible. Note also the very long tail, broad wings, and yellow daggerlike bill. Dives well and catches fish. Often perches on branches with wings outstretched to dry. Sexes are separable.

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I started out as an artist, became a pilot, and ended up where I am now: nature photographer and educator. Being a pilot allowed me to observe the Earth and humanity’s impact on it from 30,000 feet for many years. It allowed me to experience different cultures and to see the world through many lenses.

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  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47over 2 years ago

    Elegant covers it. Beautiful shot, Bill.

  • thank you :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • Themis
    Themisover 2 years ago

    Beautiful portrait, and it’s amazing to see how something with such ugly features can be so gracious and beautiful as a whole

  • thank you :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • Brenda Dahl
    Brenda Dahlover 2 years ago

    This is just wonderful~!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • thank you :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppover 2 years ago

    Beautiful work…nice detail Bill

  • thank you :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • Qnita
    Qnitaover 2 years ago


  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 2 years ago

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageover 2 years ago

    All Around Florida Group

    (your vote is needed here !)

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...over 2 years ago

    1 June 2012 – 1 image per 24hrs

  • Rosalie Scanlon
    Rosalie Scanlonover 2 years ago


  • thank you :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 2 years ago

    A fabulous capture!!!

  • thank you :-)

    – William C. Gladish

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