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  African Darter

      (Darter)

 

Anhinga rufa

(60) 90 cm; 1.4 kg

SEXES  Similar. Sits low in water; this, with its long thin neck (diagnostic) and straight dagger-like (not hooked) bill, has given it the colloquial name 'Snakebird'. Lacks red bill and legs of ad African Finfoot. Br M has rufous neck, blacker plumage, white cheek stripe and prominent mantle plumes. Non-br M and F paler and browner.

JUV Underparts usually cream or pale buffy brown.

STATUS  Fairly common resident, sedentary; local movements linked to water levels and food availability.

HABITAT  Still and slow-moving freshwater, including swamps and marshes.

FOOD  Mainly fish (usually speared with sharp bill), also frogs.

CALL  Usually silent away from nest; occasional series of chack, chack, chack notes.

BR  Monogamous and colonial. Nest a platform of twigs placed in tree or reedbed.

ALT NAME  Darter.

 

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Daf001

Khwai

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Daf002

Xini Lagoons

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

Daf003

WaggaWagga

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.6-5.6L

 

 

Daf004

Nhabe River

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Daf005

Khwai

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

 

Daf006

Disaneng, Maun

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L

 

 

Daf007

Black Pools, Moremi

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L 

 

Daf008

Samadupi

Camera: Canon EOS 60D

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L 

 

Daf009

Kunene River, Namibia

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L  

 

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Kunene River, Namibia

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L 

 

Daf011

Kunene River, Namibia

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mk III

Lens: Canon EF 400mm f/2.8

 

 

Daf012

Xaxanaka

Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mk II

Lens: Canon EF 600mm f/4L

 

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

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