The Australasian Darter is a handsome bird …

darter on branch
The Australasian Darter is a handsome bird …
darter on branch
… although some may feel that her enormous flappy feet detract from her dignity …
darter on branch
… while turning round can be a graceless affair …
darter on branch
… and stropping that imposing beak can bring out a surprising resemblance to dinosaur ancestors.

I stopped at Sandy Crossing, where Queens Road crosses Ross Creek, on Friday afternoon and saw this Australasian Darter (Anhinga novaehollandiae) drying her wings at the water’s edge, shrugging them out like washing on a line as they do.

After a few minutes she flew up onto a lowish branch of a nearby gum tree.

I couldn’t help taking a series of photos. They are best viewed in the lightbox – click on any one of them for a larger image, as usual, and scroll through.

The species was formerly known as the Australian Darter, Anhinga melanogaster, but, as Birds in Backyards notes, what used to be one species is now three and A. melanogaster is now only the Asian branch of the family.

 

 

 

 

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