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Copyright: Txxx Bxxx (thor68) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 795 W: 138 N: 1319] (5674)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-04-20
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS, SanDisk Ultra II 2GB, Hoya 58mm skylight
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-06-21 12:11
Viewed: 3913
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another capture of the Everglade wildlife i took
during the 2 hour tour through Shark Valley.

The Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga), sometimes called
Snakebird, Darter, American Darter, or Water Turkey,
is a water bird of the warmer parts of North America
and South America. The word "anhinga" comes from the
Brazilian Tupi language and means devil bird or snake

It is a cormorant-like bird with an average body
length of 85 cm, a wingspan of 117 cm, and a weight of
1,350 g. It is a dark-plumaged fish-eater with a very
long neck, and often swims with only the neck above
water. When swimming in this style the name Snakebird
is apparent, since only the colored neck appears above
water the bird looks like a snake ready to strike.

The Anhinga's feathers are not waterproofed by oils
like those of ducks, and can get waterlogged, causing
the bird to become barely buoyant. However, this
allows it to dive easily and search for prey under the
water. It can stay down for significant periods.
Anhingas eat fish and amphibians.

When necessary, the Anhinga will dry out its wings and
feathers. It will perch for long periods with its
wings spread to allow the drying process, as do
cormorants. If it attempts to fly while its wings are
wet, it has great difficulty getting off the water and
takes off by flapping vigorously while 'running' on
the water. Anhinga will often search for food in small

The anhinga genus is found all over the world in warm
shallow waters. The American Anhinga has been
subdivided into two subspecies - A. a. anhinga and A.
a. leucogaster - based on their location. A. a.
anhinga can be found mainly east of the Andes in South
America and also the islands of Trinidad and Tobago.
A. a. leucogaster can be found in the southern United
States, Mexico, Cuba, and Grenada.

Only birds that live in the extreme north and south of
their range migrate and do so based on temperature and
available sunlight. Anhingas will migrate towards the
equator during winter but this range is "determined by
the amount of sunshine to warm the chilled birds".
Although not in their usual range, anhingas have been
found as far north as the states of Pennsylvania and
Wisconsin in the United States.

Kettles of anhingas often migrate with other birds and
have been described as resembling black paper gliders.

[from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anhinga ]


Kameramodell Canon EOS 40D
Firmware Firmware Version 1.1.1
Aufnahmedatum/-zeit 20.04.2009 15:06:59
Aufnahmemodus P (Programmautomatik)
Tv (Verschlusszeit) 1/500
Av (Blendenzahl) 8.0
Messmodus Mehrfeldmessung
Belichtungskorrektur 0
Filmempfindlichkeit (ISO) 250
Objektiv EF-S55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS
Brennweite 225.0 mm
Bildgröße 2592x3888
Bildqualität Fein
Blitz Aus
Weißabgleich Automatisch
AF-Betriebsart One-Shot AF
Bildstil Landschaft
Schärfe 4
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Farbsättigung 0
Farbton 0
Farbraum sRGB
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Staublöschungsdaten Nein
Transportart Reihenaufnahme mit hoher Geschwindigkeit

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  • Great 
  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2009-06-21 12:16]

Hello Thorsten
Wonderful portrait and you take this photo with very sharp details and natural colors. Well done

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-06-21 12:20]

Hi Thorsten. This is a first class close up of this Snakebird. Which you have taken with fine detail in the wet feathers, with warm colours. well done TFs.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-06-21 12:29]

Hello Thorsten,
Great close up of this Anhinga. Fantastic sharp details, clear and natural colours. Good POV and OOF BG. The composition is a bit tight to the right side.

  • Great 
  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2009-06-21 13:39]

A beautiful picture, Thorsten, and I really like the composition, the way you framed the bird in the picture except that, like Peter said to you, it is a little bit tight on the right but for the rest, perfect! It is a very sharp picture allowing to see all the details, the light is perfect even though the plumage is dark and light at some places. Superb,


Nice detail, Thorsten. We get them in the lake behind our house in south Florida almost daily ... their own private buffet.

hello Thorsten
good light nice colours and good sharpness they create with a beautiful compo a very fine portrait,

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-06-22 1:17]

Hi Thorsten.
Superb portrait of the bird. I am impressed with cropping and fantastic details. They cannot be better as well as nice exposure and colours of the image. My compliments and TFS.

Hi Thorsten
Nice capture.
Great details and good clarity.

  • Great 
  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2009-06-25 10:02]

Hallo Thorsten !

Superb macro with some excellent colors.
And excellent image contrast.
The description provided is also very good.
Have a beautiful day,

Hi Thorsten,

Superb capture of this giant bird. Nice details and superb POV. Very nice details and good background. Overall a great composition.


Hello Thorsten,
This is a great moment to capture. Like the way you crop. I was mesmerized by the eye of this bird. TFS.

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