Anhinga

Anhinga

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The Anhinga is a bird of the southern swamps.  They are mostly black with silver markings on their wings.  Unlike other aquatic birds, the Anhinga’s feathers are not waterproof.  This allows them to dive deeper and move more efficiently under water than other birds, but hinders their ability to fly after exiting the water.  Thus, Anhingas are often spotted while perched, holding their wings outstretched in order to dry their feathers in the sun.  

1.16" Hard enamel pin; black metal.