Oriental Darter (Anhinga melanogaster)

Oriental Darter (Anhinga melanogaster) on Periyar Lake, Kerala, India. February 2015. Not baited. Not called in.

Oriental Darter (Anhinga melanogaster) on Periyar Lake, Kerala, India. February 2015. Not baited. Not called in.

This very unique water bird is also called the snakebird because when it swims, its body is submerged and only its slim neck remain visible. It is also often spotted on a branch or a rock with its wings widely spread. Like the cormorants, he needs to dry them after each swim because they are wettable. The Oriental Darter (Anhinga melanogaster) is a member of the Anhingidae family.

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Jonathan