From My Archives # 6

Anhinga


Anhinga - Anhinga anhinga
Anhinga – Anhinga anhinga

© HJ Ruiz – Avian101

3 thoughts on “From My Archives # 6

    • Unlike ducks, ospreys and pelicans which coat their feathers with oil from their uropygial gland, the anhinga does not have waterproof feathers. Their feathers get soaked upon immersion in water. Therefore, they cannot stay floating on water for long periods of time. Their dense bones, wetted plumage and neutral buoyancy in water, allows them to fully submerge and search for underwater prey. Thank you, Jane. 🙂

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