I read about this bird in Luke Dempsey’s book, “A Supremely Bad Idea: Three Mad Birder’s and Their Quest To See It All.” I did not have a clue what they were, so I looked them up and found they were very pretty birds. I decided they could be the bird of the day. =) YAY!
According to Cornell Lab of Ornithology the Anhinga is known both as the the turkey of the water (because of its broad tail and swimming abilities) and the snake-bird “for its habit of swimming with just its long head and neck sticking out of the water.”
* Size: 75-95 cm (30-37 in)
* Wingspan: 109 cm (43 in)
* Weight: 1325-1350 g (46.77-47.66 ounces)
“The Anhinga is frequently seen soaring high in the sky overhead. It is a graceful flier and can travel long distances without flapping its wings, much in the manner of a Turkey Vulture.”
(Direct Source: Cornell Lab of Ornithology)