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Snake-necked darter

snake necked darter fledgling

Snake-necked darter fledgling, Anhinga novaehollandiae, IMG 3275 - The miniscule number of Australians who may be familiar with the Brazilian Tupi language will be aware that ‘Anhinga’, the name of the genus to which this bird belongs, means ‘snake bird’, and when the snake-necked darter takes to the water, with only its long slender neck visible above the surface, it’s easy to see how it acquired its colloquial name. This young bird, which had just left its nest, (the edge of which is visible on the left-hand side of this image) had yet to take it first steps in the water below.

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