African Darter.. a common bird.

African Darter (Anhinga rufa )

The Darter is a common bird where water is plentiful and fish abound.. now this one I know is also in the Americas and only differs by the thin white lateral neck stripe. It is found world wide .. American (Anhinga anhinga), Oriental (Anhinga melanogaster), and Australian (Anhinga novaehollandiae) Darters, are all family. So yes.. I’m not showing you something you probably haven’t seen before… but I do like these photos…

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48 thoughts on “African Darter.. a common bird.

  1. Amazing photos …. you really caught it at it’s best moments. That last photo is priceless … but mys favorite is when it spread it’s wings … truly a beautiful bird … love the shades of silver, gray and the browns … fantastic job, Bob .. on an ordinary bird.

  2. While I was admiring these great photos the thought came to me that you must have spent many hours patiently waiting for the right moments to be able to capture these wonderful images.

    • Many hours feels like a few minutes when waiting for captures… birds aren’t the most co-operative subjects, and yes I spend hours walking around or sitting in a hide next to a dam… but then one is so at peace by ones self that the hours rush by… it is my down time as I call it… just to sit enjoy nature and watch what is going on around one even though a photo op might not be there… I often sit and just watch the birds as well ,, get to learn their nuances, it often helps knowing what you can expect them to do next… the animals are different .. you are either there at the right time or not…

  3. Perfect pictures, Bulldog! When is the book coming out so I can put it on my coffee table (I’d just love to see all these beautiful pics in one big glossy book!) 😀

    • Me too… they make quite a wonderful subject don’t they… again one of those fairly easy to capture in flight because of that almost slow glide path they follow… and those necks that seem to be able to get to every portion of their body when they’re drying off…

  4. WOW! These are the beauties of them… they are excellent and great shots… Fascinated me all. Dear Rob, you are amazing. Thank you, have a nice weekend, love, nia

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