Anhingas are large water birds common here in Florida. You often see them pose with wings spread as they dry out after a swim. You can read more about them in this article on Wikipedia.
For most of the year you might say they’re drab, especially around the head with plain black or brown feathers and eyes. But with springtime love in the air, their appearance changes – especially for males. They develop highlights in the feathers on the back of their heads, a lot of color around their eyes, and look like they wear red contact lenses. This fellow has the full style going.
Here’s a close up crop from this photo so you can better see the colors and detail (click for a larger version on Flickr).
They’re very handsome and I enjoy photographing them, especially when they’re as patient and tolerant as this one was.
I made the photo at Gatorland in Orlando on March 10th during my first visit this year. The breeding season is underway and hundreds of wild birds are participating. It’s a wonderful opportunity to see colors and behaviors of anhinga, egret, herons and other species up close. And Gatorland has an early entry program for photographers so you can photograph in the early morning light while avoiding crowds of tourists later in the day. Go see for yourself!
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