The sun was warmer today, mid-70s, gorgeous for autumn. Passing the school pond, I paused to enjoy the many birds that gather there as the cooler days approach. Ibis strutted the lawns, snapping up bugs. Herons…white, blue and green, lined the banks, and stalked through the shallows and reeds. Loons swooped and dove.
What I stayed to watch were willowy, snaking necks and heads cruising through the water, body unseen until a small fish flashed in the late afternoon sun as it was flung upward and snatched in the long, spear-like beak.
photo by Phil Lanoue
Larger ones were speared.
And after a successful fishing ‘dip’, the bearers of the snake-like necks for which they are named came ashore to perch, spread their wings, and dry off.
Anhinga. Their name coming from the Brazilian Tupi language and meaning snake bird or devil bird.
Welcome to the pond you devilish beauties.