Mystery Bird ? Possible Snake Bird?

by Meredith E. Going Sr.
(North Charleston, SC, USA)

Mystery Bird

Mystery Bird

We saw this bird in the evening, perched in a large pine, overlooking a freshwater lake in an urban neighborhood in North Charleston, SC on 06/30/2010. Never seen anything like it, have lived here 25 years.

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Jul 03, 2010
by: Anonymous

By your description and the fact that it is at a freshwater lake, I believe it is an Anhinga.


Jul 02, 2010
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by: Meredith E. Going Sr.

The light color is actually bright gold, the wings were a darker gold (almost brown) with darker horizontal stripes spaced an inch or so apart. While I observed it, the bird acted as if were doing some type of mating ritual by stretching its long goose like neck, opening it's beak wide and making a portion of its neck (very close to the beak & with a reddish coloration) vibrate, although I did not hear a noise and I was within 30 feet. It a rather long tail that was black.

Jul 01, 2010
by: Anonymous

It is hard to tell from the photo. Is the reddish color part of the tree or the bird?
Possibly an anhinga. Or a tri-colored heron.

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