Anhinga photographed in Margate, near Fort Lauderdale on the east coast of Florida (top and bottom two photographs) and at the Sawgrass Recreational park in the Florida Everglades, west of Fort Lauderdale on 23 March and 30 June 2011.  The bottom two photographs are of females. The Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga), sometimes called Snakebird, Darter, American Darter, or Water Turkey, is a water bird of the warmer parts of the Americas. The word "anhinga" comes from the Brazilian Tupi language and means devil bird or snake bird.

The Anhinga is a cormorant-like bird with an average body length of 85 cm (33 in), a wingspan of 117 cm (46 in), and a mass of 1.35 kg (48 oz). It is a dark-plumaged piscivore with a very long neck, and often swims with only the neck above water. When swimming in this style the name Snakebird is apparent, since only the colored neck appears above water the bird looks like a snake ready to strike.  Information taken from  Wikipedia.

 Margate, Florida 
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Sawgrass Recreation Park
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