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Ron W

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Down For The Count

19 March 2019 - 10:38 AM

As I mentioned earlier, the Anhinga smashes the catfish on the tree limb until it is dead, or at least stops moving its tail, He then proceeds to turn the fish so that he can swallow it head first. Seems to me that eating a catfish of any size would be a risky proposition in view of their shiny pectoral, and dorsal fins. Looks like a good way to puncture something important internally. In any event, it must be safe as I see lots of Anhingas eating lots of catfish. I'll post an image of this one being swallowed momentarily. This is the limb smashing part.



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Not Much To Show For A Lot Of Effort

15 March 2019 - 08:44 AM

Venice Rookery, Venice , FL



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Great Egret Gets Nod Of Approval From Mate

14 March 2019 - 10:45 AM

Venice Rookery


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New, New, Anhinga with Catfish

14 March 2019 - 10:24 AM

I was lucky enough yesterday to catch this bird on the same tree root killing and eating two small catfish. It was interesting to see how the anhinga killed the catfish by repeatedly pounding it on a large root till it stopped moving. It then turned the fish headfirst and began the laborious  task of swallowing it.



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New Anhinga With Regular "Ol Bank Catfish

13 March 2019 - 09:56 PM

Wife and I went back to the Venice Rookery this afternoon. The light was pretty good most of the day, this image was shot through mangrove roots on top, left and right, that an OOF mangrove to the left of the bird.  Water droplets are from bird emerging from underwater.



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