Anhingas are birds that can submerge themselves completely under water in order to catch fish. Their feathers are not waterproofed and do become waterlogged. This first page shows their water and fishing skills.
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An anhinga on the move in the pond. One of its nicknames is snakebird.
The bird submerges itself and swims under water to catch its meal.
The bird is also nicknamed water turkey and this one really looks like one in this image.
I usually saw the anhingas spear the fish with their bills like this one has done.
This was one of the few times I saw the fish clenched in the anhinga's bill.
This female anginga came out of the water and beat her bill against the ground multiple times to remove the still-moving fish.
Now the fish is loose, she can open her mouth to swallow it.
The plan is to toss it in the air, catch it head first in her open mouth, and swallow it whole.
This was one of many failed attempts to eat the fish.
I never did see her eat it.
This fish seems bigger than what this anhinga could swallow.
This anhinga used a much smaller tossing motion than the one in the other photos did to get the fish into its mouth.
Before completely swallowing the fish, the anhinga returned to the water. Apparently the throat and body can expand significantly because it swallowed the fish as one piece.
All photos © S. M. Garver