Darter (Anhinga melanogaster) or Snake Bird

A common name for the Darter is Snake Bird. If one approaches one sitting on a log or branch it will writhe its neck in a snake like manner. Like cormorants, the Darter needs to regularly leave the water and sit on a log, rock, branch or navigation piles in order to dry its wings.

I spied this at Lilydale Lake while out for a walk and hopefully some bird spotting. I have more pics at Flickr

68-365 Darter (Anhinga melanogaster) or Snake Bird

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