The Floridas are peculiarly adapted for this species, as there the torpid waters of the streams, bayous, and lakes, are most abundantly supplied with various species of fish, reptiles, and insects, while the temperature is at all seasons congenial, and their exemption from annoyance almost unparalleled. The quantity of fish consumed by this bird is astonishing. Anhingas dive completely underwater and spear fish with their long, pointed bills. Then they come to the surface, throw the fish into the air, and swallow it headfirst.
Anhingas have to dry their wings in the sun after a swim. That's when these birds can be seen perched on branches, long wings outstretched drying their beautiful feathers, and by sunning themselves, the sun's rays assist in maintaining the bird's body temperature.
May 10th, 2013
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