african darters, cormorants

The African Darter (Anhinga rufa), sometimes called the Snakebird, is a water bird of tropical sub-Saharan Africa.

This species builds a stick nest in a tree and lays 3-6 eggs. It often nests with herons, egrets and cormorants.

It is an 80 cm long cormorant-like fish-eating species with a very long neck which occurs in both saline and fresh water, especially near mangroves. It often swims with only the neck above water.

The male is mainly glossy black with white streaking, but females and immature birds are browner. The African Darter differs in appearance from the American Darter most recognisably by its thin white lateral neck stripe against a rufous background colour.

Direction Walk 0.21 km or 3 mins south east from last photo
Location Jinja, East Africa, Uganda, Africa
Info F 7.1 1/200 ISO 100 with Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi
Country Uganda State East Africa
City Jinja Near River Nile
Continent Africa Day Jinja
Activity Samuka Island Boat Ride Tour GAP (Great Adventure People)
Date 2007:09:23 10:44:18 Make Canon
Model Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi Width 1183
Height 887 Flash Off, Did not fire
Focal 300.0 mm Exposure 1/200
F Number 7.1 ISO 100
White Bal. Auto Program Aperture-priority AE
Compensation 0 Hyperfocal 682.77 m
Latitude 0.416644444444444 Longitude 33.1951416666667
Altitude 72.28731533 m File Size 526 kB
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