African darter. Darters are also known as snakebirds because they swim with only their heads and necks out of the water. A hinge mechanism at the birds eighth neck vertebra enables the bird to strike, snapping up insects on the water and stabbing fish. A stabbed fish is shaken loose, flipped up in the air and swallowed head first, Anhinga rufa rufa


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African darter. Darters are also known as snakebirds because they swim with only their heads and necks out of the water. A hinge mechanism at the birds eighth neck vertebra enables the bird to strike, snapping up insects on the water and stabbing fish. A stabbed fish is shaken loose, flipped up in the air and swallowed head first, Anhinga rufa rufa
Credit to: Blue Planet Archive / Phillip Colla

Image dimensions: 3600x5400

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