Anhinga is known as snake birds. They swim with their head above water until they dive. They actually spear fish with their long beaks. Anhinga has a body length of about 33″ with a wingspan of 46 inches and a body mass of about 48 ounces.
Their wings get waterlogged which is different from ducks so they have to dry them out before hitting the water which is evident here. The bird will stay in this position for long periods of time to make sure his wings are dry. Their take off requires this because they have difficulty getting off the water. They must flap their wings vigorously to pursue a flight.
On the upside these huge birds have the ability to dive easily to search for prey and can stay under water for long periods of time. Their meals consist of fish and amphibians. These birds live in warmer areas and migrate toward the equator. The Anhinga is protected under the 1918 Migratory Bird Treaty Act. There are plenty of them so they are not endangered.
John posted this on his Facebook profile page. Once done, he had quite a few comments about this very unusual creature. Descriptions like, “he looks sort of royal,” or “Indian Chief.” One admirer named him “King of the Hill.”
He is quite an impressive bird. The kind you take a second long-lasting glance at. His stately stance in this photograph is not at all what he thinks it is. This is a natural progression for his survival. He must do this to be able to catch his dinner.
As the Anhinga stretches his long wingspan to dry his feathers; my first thought when I saw this photograph was how majestic he looked. He must be a real “King of the Hill” to be able to flaunt himself in such a powerful position. Who wouldn’t be impressed? What walking or breathing creature would not stop to view such a picture of royalty? Who would have thought the Anhinga must remain in this position until his feathers dried before taking flight to live another day?
I see a connection to our beloved Christ here. Before Jesus was born there were rumors of a Messiah coming; the people believed he would come in the form of a King or a Royal Priest. Instead he was a baby born in a manger of hay, cattle and sheep. Once on earth, many felt deceived. He was not what they expected. Joseph, his earthly father was a carpenter and his mother, Mary was a quiet, young unsuspecting woman of God. Neither had any money or lived in a palace.
Just as the Anhinga performs what looks to be a royal stretch, does not make him “king of the birds.”
So it is with Jesus. Just because he wears the clothes of a pauper does not make him a pauper. God says it makes him “The King.”
Matthew 19:30 But many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first.