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It's hard to imagine that in 1972 this large fish-catching water bird was named a species "of special concern" by the Audubon Society. It's numbers have rocketed since the banning of DDT.
Like their cousin Anhingas in the Everglades, they are often seen drying their feathers on rocks and buoys, with wings outstretched. They swim very low in the water - often only their neck and head are visible - and pursue fish underwater.
It has a wide breeding range, both coastal and inland, but instead of welcoming its resurgence, in some areas it is being killed as a competitor to recreational fishing. All animals beware: when it's dollars vs. you, watch out!
Read more about this unusual bird here. Photo courtesy of Bill Horn - his bird photography link to the left.