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My alphabetical bird photo series now turns to the Anhinga. This photo was taken in the Ungarelli Preserve on Palma Sola Blvd. This is a female Anhinga, and the photo illustrates why this bird is called the Snake Bird. The Anhinga does not have preen glands, and the lack of this water repellent oil means that feathers become saturated with water. While swimming on the surface, most or the bird’s waterlogged body is below the surface. Given this bird’s feeding style, this is an advantage. More on this in the next post.

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