Saturday, 5 May 2018


Anhinga novaehollandiae (family Anhingidae) is commonly known as the Australian darter. Because of its long and slender neck, this bird is sometimes called the snakebird. Usually inhabiting freshwater wetlands, darters swim with their bodies submerged beneath the water’s surface, with only the sinuous neck protruding above the water, enhancing its serpentine qualities. Darters forage by diving to depths of about 60 centimetres, and impaling fish with their sharp, spear-like beaks. Small fish are swallowed underwater, but larger ones are brought to the surface, where they are flicked off the bill (sometimes into the air) and then swallowed head-first.

This post is part of the Saturday Critters meme,
and also part of the Camera Critters meme,
and also part of the I'd Rather Be Birdin' meme.


  1. That is a gorgeous bird! Such rich coloring. Loved seeing it.

  2. Wow! The plumage is fantastic in color! Loving it!!

    Thanks so much for taking the time to link up & share with us at I'd Rather B Birdin

  3. Hello, beautiful photos and great captures of the Darter. I am sorry to be so late commenting. I just got home from our road trip and I am now trying to catch up on my commenting. Thanks so much for linking up your post. Have a happy day and weekend ahead.


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