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An African Darter taking in the early morning sun. These birds spend time under water and spear their fish meals.


A great weekend to you all.



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What a wonderful image of this beauty showing off for you! Have a great weekend Louis!
Louis: Thank you Elizabeth. Backside to the sun, is their motto.
  • ....peter:)
  • Moonbeam, Ontario, Canada
  • 11 Jul 2014, 04:09
You captured this one beautifully drying its wings Louis... we have Loons in our lake who are divers as well... they do a dance on the water to drain some of the water off of their wings....petersmile
Louis: Thank you peter. The call of the loon - a lovely sound.
gorgeous capture. you have shown the wings and profile very well
Louis: Glad you like it Ayush
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 11 Jul 2014, 05:06
What a fabulous shot to end this week. It looks like he gives his blessing......
Have a great weekend Louis, en niets doen dat ik ook niet zou doen HA... smile
Louis: Je weet dat ik voorzichtig bent. Yes, he does look a bit like a pastor ending the service.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 11 Jul 2014, 06:40
A glorious view Louis
Louis: Thank you Chris
Not exactly hung out to dry but it does have that feel, Louis. Gorgeous. A great weekend to you, too.
Louis: Yes, no line and pegs. Thank you Ginnie.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 11 Jul 2014, 07:33
Is it true that Cormorants' wings are not waterproof and they have to hang them out to dry, Louis?
Louis: OK, first of all, this darter is an Anhinga, while the cormorant is a Phalacrocorax. They both belong to the taxonomic order Suliformes (that could be translated to cormorant-like birds) and also include boobies and frigate birds as the other 2 families in the order. Your question/statement about cormorants is true. Anhingas have unusually low metabolic rates and unusually high rates of heat loss from their bodies. Whether wet or dry, they exhibit spread-wing postures mostly under conditions of bright sunlight and cool ambient temperatures, and characteristically orient themselves with their backs to the sun. Thus, it appears that Anhingas adopt a spread-wing posture primarily for thermoregulation.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 11 Jul 2014, 07:35
Spreading out the wings like the tree is spreading out its branches - a very fine juxtaposition and composition!
Louis: Goed van je, dat je de overeenkomst opmerkte, Philine. Bedankt.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 11 Jul 2014, 09:27
Patience rewarded - great shot.
Louis: With a long lens, I can get near to it. Thanks blackdog.
Great shot, Louis, this looks like our Cormorants.
Louis: This darter is an Anhinga, while the cormorant is a Phalacrocorax. They belong to the same order, but that is a snear as it gets - classification wise. But I agree, the body, legs and finned feet look a lot like a cormorant.
You got a great shot here. It is very, very good.
Louis: Thank you Mary - glad you like it so very very much smile
Superb capture of this African Darter, Louis. A likey!
Louis: From you, it is like earning the Victoria Cross - thanks Beverly.
Wow! Looks a bit like Archaeopteryx ...cracking picture Louis

Enjoy your weekend
Louis: Thank you Bill. I had a posting some time ago http://louis.shutterchance.com/image/2006/08/08/diver-with-clogs/ which agrees with your suggestion smile
That is a gorgeous shot Louis
Louis: Thank you cornishmaid
Totally amazing Louis... beautifully captured
Louis: Thanks Aderonke. Again I am glad that you like it.
Fabulous capture Louis! A likey for me.
Louis: Merci beaucoup, m'sieu. I am honoured.
A wonderful shot Louis, I like the detail of the feathers smile

Have a great weekend!
Louis: Thank you Martin. It was a good one.
A fine presentation of the African Darter.
Louis: Thanks Jacquelyn Ann
Louis: Thank you sir.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 14 Jul 2014, 00:08
Darters are wonderful birds.

Great shot of it, Louis.
Louis: Yes, I have a series somewhere of when a darter surfaced after spearing a carp, until it is swallowed.

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