Great pics! It's an Australasian Darter - Anhinga novaehollandiae
Oh... and it's a female. With regard to the "marine" tag, they are found in salt water rivers and lagoons etc but are also found inland in freshwater lakes etc.
They're such magnificent birds. Nice pics!
Thanks Alan & Snail.Alan,How do you tell it's a female?Chai
Different colour pattern,A MaleA Female
Hi Alan,So the female has more white on its wing and light colors/white on the underside of its neck.Thanks.
Hi ChaiMosura has called it exactly right (of course). Male is glossy black, with purple tinges.Also called "Snake Bird" for the long thin neck. When they swim they swim very low in thew water, (almost submerged) with the neck protruding supposedly "like a snake" swimming (snakes do not swim like that, but that's the story). <Also, they lack oil glands (which ducks have). This allows feathers to get wet, so they can swim underwater more successfully. Same for Cormorants. Both types of birds need to dry their wings before they can fly successfully, hence the characteristic spread wing stance.CheersDenis
Thanks Denis.Yes. It does look like a snake sticking its head out of water when it swims.And the bit about them lacking oil glands is really new to me. Thanks.
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