18th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Anhinga Catch

About half an hour before sunset I decided to turn around on the trail and head back towards my car. Within a minute I spotted this Anhinga emerging from the pond with a fish skewered in its dagger-like bill. For several minutes the fish struggled to grip and adjust its prey before swallowing. Yet for one brief moment in this battle royal the prey and predator faced one another head on, before the bird was victorious and swallowed its catch whole.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 06.2020
Date Uploaded: 11.2020
Photo Location: Gainesville, Florida, United States of America
Camera: Canon EOS 7D Mark II
Copyright: © Mitch Walters