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Anhinga, Big Cypress Swamp

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An Anhinga dries its wings in the Big Cypress Swamp near Ochopee, FL

The anhinga is a water bird and it does not have oil glands for waterproofing its feathers like most water birds. When it swims and chases after prey its feathers get wet. When it is above water, it must spread its wings to dry in the sun. It can fly with wet feathers but not as well.
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Russ Taylor
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An Anhinga dries its wings in the Big Cypress Swamp near Ochopee, FL<br />
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The anhinga is a water bird and it does not have oil glands for waterproofing its feathers like most water birds. When it swims and chases after prey its feathers get wet.  When it is above water, it must spread its wings to dry in the sun. It can fly with wet feathers but not as well.