My daughter, Tammy and I spent some time at Shelley Lake in Raleigh. Toward the end of our visit, Tammy took my camera and decided to take pictures of an Anhinga or what is also known as the Long-Necked Snake Bird. When in the water, it swims with his body under the water and its long neck and head out of the water. It actually looks like Nessie of Loch Lynn.

“The anhinga, sometimes called snakebirddarterAmerican darter, or water turkey, is a water bird of the warmer parts of the Americas. The word anhinga comes from the Brazilian Tupi language and means “devil bird” or “snake bird”. The origin of the name is apparent when swimming: only the neck appears above water so the bird looks like a snake ready to strike.”

Below are the pictures Tammy took of the Anhinga spearing a fish and eating it.