I have traveled to the Everglades dozens and dozens of times over the last 46 years, and I have never tired of Florida’s magnificent “River of Grass.” Pollution, agriculture runoff, water rationing, and habitat loss has certainly taken its toll on the glades and its wildlife. Today, there is less than 10 percent of the number of birds in Everglades, than there was 125 years ago.
The Anhinga, or Water Turkey is a common bird in the glades. It has a dagger-like bill that it uses to spear fish while swimming underwater. While submerged the Anhinga spears a fish, then rises to the surface to flip the fish into the air and catch it head first.
This Anhinga was photographed along its namesake, “Anhinga Trail,” that runs a quarter mile along Taylor Slough. It had settled on a perch to preen feathers after its morning of fishing. Anhingas are very easy to approach along the trail and allow people to get up close, and personal. This bird paid little attention to me and my camera while I snapped dozens of images.
Nikon D300, Nikkor 500mm f4, 1/200 second @ f8,