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  •  They are fascinating (11+ / 0-)

    I had only seen three before moving to Florida (Costa Rica, Borneo (different species but essentially the same), and Brownsville Texas) and they had seemed very exotic.  Now that I see them regularly they are still very exotic.

    As Lenny notes they swim very low in the water.  They also use their wings underwater which is something cormorants do not do.  Their flight pattern is also completely different - they soar a lot and, at a great distance, you are more likely to mistake them for a bird of prey than another waterfowl.  Closer up the snakelike head and neck look ridiculous disproportionate to the body in flight.  

    "To see both sides of a quarrel, is to judge without hate or alarm" - Richard Thompson

    by matching mole on Tue Nov 05, 2013 at 12:53:41 PM PST

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    •  once when I was feeding the turtles in a (7+ / 0-)

      small pond near my apartment, there was an anhinga perched on a shore rock nearby, drying his wings. He watched me warily for a bit, then ignored me.  But when the turtles started showing up and getting closer and closer, THAT got under his feathers--he began squawking at them and giving some perfunctory bill stabs in their general direction, then after a time apparently gave up, dove back in the water (he was apparently still too wet to fly), and swam to the other side of the pond.

      In the end, reality always wins.

      by Lenny Flank on Tue Nov 05, 2013 at 02:30:27 PM PST

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