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|African Darter in Rietvlei Nature Reserve.|
He looked a bit untidy as he has just left the water.
The male is mainly glossy black with white streaking.
It often swims with only the neck above water, hence the common name snakebird.
Unlike many other waterbirds the feathers of the African Darter do not contain any oil and are therefore not waterproof. Because of this, the bird is less positively buoyant and its diving capabilities are enhanced. After diving for fish, the feathers can become waterlogged. In order to be able to fly and maintain heat insulation it needs to dry its feathers. Thus the African Darter is often seen sitting along the waterside spreading its wings and drying its feathers in the wind and the sun.
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Great framing! Love this bird, you captured the "oil" look to those wings. Refracted light just stunning..lovely capture!
What a nice picture!I like the sharpness and color of the bird.You have taken it nicely.I like it.Blurry background makes it more prominent.Thanks for sharing.
really nice bird. How wide is a range of wings. Beautiful composition.
Thanks for sharing,