Snake bird at Lake Periyar

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Comments (15)

Ryan Calhoun on February 26, 2008

What a delightful bird! I like this framing with the tree trunks, and the bird sure has an interest in the neighboring tree! Is this really called a "snake bird"?


Marilyn Whiteley on February 26, 2008

It seems also to called the darter. Doesn't it look a lot like the "snake bird" of Florida, the anhinga?


Ryan Calhoun on February 26, 2008

Yes it does, matter of fact. What fun!

Palmina Moore on February 26, 2008

Great shot Marilyn It has a look of a large Cormorent aswell doesn't it? Wonderful composition.


Nawitka on February 26, 2008

Yes, a great shot! A very typical pose for cormorants too, with the wings out. The trees are very interesting too. Thanks for posting this!

Jessica G. on February 26, 2008

When I first glanced at it the bird looked like it was carved right out of the tree. What an interesting bird (he does look like a cormorant or even a crane) and you caught him in the perfect pose!

EVA_L on February 27, 2008

Brilliant, Marilyn! It look like whole composition, so harmoniously lines pass one in other.Best wishes. Eva

© SisAnnick on February 27, 2008

This is a perfect picture, Marilyn. Dead wood and living bird have exactly the same black shade. The bird looks like a part of the wood. Great! Greetings

Marilyn Whiteley on February 27, 2008

Thanks, Palmina, Nawitka, Phoenix, Eva, and Annick, for your comments. When I visited a friend in Florida, she taught me to distinguish a Cormorant from an Anhinga, but I'm not sure I could do it now! Yes, this Darter holds its wings out as the others do, presumably to dry them off.

I had made a tighter crop of this shot and I'm still not sure which I prefer. Right now I think there's some advantage in leaving a bit of water and the land to the right, but it's a hard decision.


Hank Waxman on February 27, 2008

Hi Marilyn; always ready to offer my two cents, the only thing this shot is lacking is astrong sense of scale. How large or small is this bird?

I don't think there's a better crop, BTW. The amount of water here doesn't detract, and in fact places the bird near the shore instead of just atop an old stump.



Marilyn Whiteley on February 27, 2008

Thanks for your two cents, Hank. I think taking some from the bottom and some from the right makes for a more dramatic shot, but loses the little bit of context there is. Those must have been big trees before they put in the dam, since I'd say the birds are cormorant-size.


Ryan Calhoun on February 27, 2008

Marilyn, it's similar to this bird, which at first I didn't realize. The Anhinga is closely related to the Cormorant, but the neck is longer and the beak more sharply pointed. In most other aspects they are identical. They might as well be the same bird. Ryan

Wallace Rivera on February 28, 2008

Perfect shot! ")

Marilyn Whiteley on February 28, 2008

Thanks for the link, complete with information, Ryan, and for the comment, Wallace. Marilyn

((Ospr3y)) on November 20, 2009

This is actually called the Oriental Darter! What a great photo!

Birds from this family are so interesting!

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on February 26, 2008
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    by Marilyn Whiteley
    • Taken on 2005/02/22 05:55:04
    • Exposure: 0.002s (1/640)
    • Focal Length: 41.40mm
    • F/Stop: f/4.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO64
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash