Australasian Darter

Australasian Darter - Anhinga novaehollandiae

A female Darter calling.

A male Darter drying his wings.


East Doncaster:  2016:  January.
Heritage Wetlands, Wonga Park:  2016:  September.
Ruffey Lake Park, Doncaster: 2016:  November.


A little like cormorants, but their neck is much longer as is the bill. They sometimes swim with their body submerged, part of the reason they are sometimes referred to as snake birds.

Their wing feathers are very attractive when seen in the sun.   Apparently their feathers aren't waterproof so they need to spread them to dry.

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