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Old 29th May 2014
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Australian Darter

Darter - Anhinga melanogaster Immature Male.

Quite a large bird in flight, and when swimming, only the neck is exposed, hence it's nickname of "Snake Bird".
Neither shot of which I've got but I did like this one showing how they can perch with those wonderful webbed feet.


And this one showing that pliable neck.
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Re: Australian Darter

A lovely shot really showing this bird at its best always strange to see a bird like this roosting in trees. Thanks for showing.
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Re: Australian Darter

Super shots. What a pointy head he(she)'s got!

Traditionally British Darters are pretty fat and don't move much, except to get another pint.
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Re: Australian Darter

That's a magnificent bird.

Looks like a cross between our Grey Heron, Cormorant and a Swan?
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Re: Australian Darter

As said above , how unusual to see a webbed footed and such a large bird roosting. Very good shots and you stilll have lovely blue skies down under.
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Re: Australian Darter

#1 makes it look like he's holding on to the branch with a pair of rather perished rubber hot-water bottles!
Great shots.
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Re: Australian Darter

Wonderful shots of a super bird Lyn.

Thanks for sharing.

p.s. I think it may be "Anhinga novaehollandiae", "melanogaster" is the Oriental Darter.
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Re: Australian Darter

I am unfamiliar with Australian birds, so I was expecting to see photographs of a dragonfly! Excellent shots of a bird which is obviously perfectly designed for the way it feeds. Very nice Lyn.

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Re: Australian Darter

Thanks all. I am glad you liked these pics as I was thrilled to find this immature male. Most birds are very dark, and with their small eye and narrow head, don't give you much of a focal point.
They give a great profile in flight, like a giant cross, and they use thermals to soar to a great height.
Peter - I think you are right with the name. Thank you for pointing it out. Simpson and Day's Field Guide to Birds of Australia name it as melangaster - Race novaehollandiae. I am not sure why they bought melangaster into it. Perhaps an error?
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Re: Australian Darter

Quite a strange looking bird, but like nature adapted for it's purpose. I like the composition and colour combination in 2.
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Quite a strange looking bird, but like nature adapted for it's purpose. I like the composition and colour combination in 2.
Hi Amanda, I had a bit to think about with the composition because the tree he was in, without it's leaves, was really quite structural and pretty. I rather hated cropping it out, but then the bird deserved to be the star! Perhaps the upright twig next to him could go, but the more I fiddle, the more confused I become!
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Re: Australian Darter

Great shots Lyn, a very attractive looking bird
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Re: Australian Darter

A beautiful bird, beautifully composed - much like yourself I might add ...

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Re: Australian Darter

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. Simpson and Day's Field Guide to Birds of Australia name it as melangaster - Race novaehollandiae. I am not sure why they bought melangaster into it. Perhaps an error?
The taxonomy of birds is constantly being redefined by ornithologists Lyn. New knowledge of genetics and DNA testing is constantly causing what were previously thought to be different "races" of birds to be re-defined as separate species. I got my info from Wikipedia but other references/field guides which are a bit older may well differ.

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Re: Australian Darter

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The taxonomy of birds is constantly being redefined by ornithologists Lyn. New knowledge of genetics and DNA testing is constantly causing what were previously thought to be different "races" of birds to be re-defined as separate species. I got my info from Wikipedia but other references/field guides which are a bit older may well differ.

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Did you see only this week Peter, that the NZ Kiwi Bird (always thought to be descended from our Aussie Emu) has now been proved not to be so! The New Zealanders are quite delighted! It has always been a standing joke that their Kiwi is part Aussie! Now we will have to go quiet on that one!
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