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#1 Melissa :)

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 09:51 PM

While looking through my photos from last year at the San Diego Zoo, I found this bird and was wondering what it was. Is it an Anhinga?

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 09:53 PM

Photo didn't show up, I'm afraid.

Edit: Now I see it. Indeed an Anhinga.

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 09:54 PM

Thats an Anhinga nice Shot!!!

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 09:55 PM

Your ID is correct!

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 09:57 PM

Thanks!! It was at one of the ponds where the birds are free to come and go, but they are feed and taken care of so why would they want to leave?

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 10:00 PM

Good point I agree! haha

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 05:21 AM

You may be aware but in case... an Anhinga at the San Diego zoo would not be a wild bird. That's pretty far out of range for them.

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 06:05 AM

Not an Anhinga at all, but in the same genus I believe. Looks more like an African Darter, which I remember seeing at the San Diego Zoo last time I was there.
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Posted 02 April 2012 - 12:41 PM

Not an Anhinga at all, but in the same genus I believe. Looks more like an African Darter, which I remember seeing at the San Diego Zoo last time I was there.


Oh, shoot. Now that I've already made a fool of myself, I'd agree with this - this bird has a white malar stripe, a black bill, and a dark brown/red head and neck that don't show up on Anhingas.

Once again, my inner idiot has surfaced. Thanks for correcting, Kryptos.

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 01:24 PM

Actually, Limpkin, you are right. It's an Anhinga.

...An Anhinga rufa.

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 01:57 PM

I was wondering if it is an Anhinga what's up with the brown around the neck/ throat area and the white eye line :unsure:

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 01:58 PM

Not an Anhinga at all, but in the same genus I believe. Looks more like an African Darter, which I remember seeing at the San Diego Zoo last time I was there.


Wow fist time I misidentified a bird on this forum! That is a African Darter for sure! wait is an Anhinga the same?

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 02:03 PM

Wow fist time I misidentified a bird on this forum! That is a African Darter for sure! wait is an Anhinga the same?


http://en.wikipedia..../African_Darter
Actually says its a relative of the American Anginga......

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 02:22 PM

oh okay well that makes sense.

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 09:06 PM

Actually, Limpkin, you are right. It's an Anhinga.

...An Anhinga rufa.


This is true. Not Anhinga anhinga, then.




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