by Paul Rebmann
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An anhinga perched on a branch with wings spread at Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge. Anhingas are also called snakebirds and water-turkeys.
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Anhingas are year round residents of Florida and along the coast all around the Gulf of Mexico, Cuba and south throughout Brazil and other South American countries east of the Andes to Argentina. During the summer season the range expands northward throughout the coastal plain of the southeastern United States.
Anhingas can be seen perched in trees near water, often with their wings spread. Unlike cormorants, which assume this posture mainly to dry their feathers, anhingas are believed to be thermo-regulating, absorbing solar energy to offset their low metabolism and high heat loss, especially when wet.
December 21st, 2014
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