Sunday, July 15, 2012

Two Birds from Venice

Two more fowl shots from Venice, Florida.

On the left is a Great Blue Heron (Ardea herodias). This was shot was taken at the same rookery pond near Venice, Florida, that I mentioned in The Great White. You can also see Great Blues in secluded areas along the Monongahela River here in West Virginia, but they are a lot more wary than their Florida cousins.

On the right is an Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga) from the same location. When you see the anhinga swimming with just its head and neck above the water, you can see why it is also called a Snakebird.  Wikipedia's entry on the Anhinga has some interesting details about this strange bird.

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