Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga)

Origin: Atlantic and Gulf coasts
Sighted at: Everglades National Park, Florida

Anhingas are a common enough sight in the Keys, but Anhinga Trail in the Everglades necessarily has a HUGE number of these marsh birds. This particular specimen, a female, preened for a bit next to the board walk before diving into the water to hunt for fish.

The Anhinga is sometimes called the “snakebird.” The reason for this is that it’s actually a snake, disguised as a bird. But it’s not fooling anybody.