Sunday, May 1, 2011

Pic of the Day

   Anhinga -- Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands; Viera, Florida:  This Anhinga built its nest atop an old cabbage palm stump that stands in one of the water impoundments.  The three nestlings are just about too big for the nest and their twisting and turning atop the stump reminded me of Medusa.  When the parent birds arrive with food the nestlings raise their heads upward and violently gyrate their entire body as they beg for offerings.  The activity makes the palm stump come alive and look like a head of slithering snakes.  This is of course a perfectly good analogy for Medusa, after all, the Anhinga is also known as the “snake bird.”
Nikon D7000, Nikkor 500mm with 1.4 converter, 1/640 sec. @ f9

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