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Anhinga Landing

Anhinga Landing
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Copyright: brenda stevens (drchoneydew) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 38 N: 475] (3501)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-10-25
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon Rebel T2, Canon EF400mm f/5.6L USM
Exposure: f/8, 1/1200 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-10-27 19:21
Viewed: 1713
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Had an amazing day at the wetlands, encounters GALORE and this Anhinga was the icing on the cake for me.

Flying birds have air sacs in their bodies, connected to their lungs. When these sacs are full of air they make the bird lighter. There is also some air trapped between the feathers. When the anhinga wants to swim under water, with just his head and neck showing, he can let the air out of his air sacs and press his feathers tight against his body to squeeze the air out of them. When he wants to swim on top of the water he can fill his air sacs and raise his feathers to let air get between them!

Today I caught him in the air! Here is a link where you can hear his call and I HEARD THIS! ;)

Anhinga sounds

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Ciao Brenda, great capture of lovely bird in fantastic Landing action, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

WOW Brenda, I like this one! So much detail and clarity in this motion image. I've been trying to get a flying bird but with no success up till not. I like your very informative note. Well done and thanks for saharing.

Oh Oh Oh! Lovely image , the position of the wings and the head popping out is special , its pity that the angle light has not supported you :-( . But its a lovely action shot

Hi Brenda!
Great shot with a perfect timing. Very good sharpness and details;well done and thanks for sharing,
Best Regards,

Hello Brenda,
Pin sharp photo with amazing clarity, outstanding focus and fantastic details. I like this excellent capture of a lovely bird.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-10-28 20:09]

Hello Brenda,
What a cool shot of this Anhinga making a landing on the top of a dead snag. I really like the way the sun is shining down across the right wing giving each feather a little sheen to it.
What an unusual looking tail it has, almost like a hand with a bunch of fingers trailing behind it. The focus is superb and you managed to capture a great look at it's face.
Your 1/1200 shutter speed did a fine job of freezing this unique moment while preserving the wonderful detail. I would be thrilled to capture such an image!!

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