Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga)

The Anhinga is known in Costa Rica as the “Pato Aguja” (needle duck). It is a big, streamlined bird that dives in search of prey. I saw this bird for the first time in Hotel Hacienda Sueño Azul during a birdwatching trip led by members of the Asociación Ornitológica de Costa Rica, on April 23rd, 2017. The resort is located in Horquetas, Sarapiquí, and it is great to birdwatch in general, and to look for aquatic birds in particular, due to the lakes and the river that passes by. The picture below corresponds to an individual placidly perched over the lake at Bosque Eterno de los Niños.

Anhinga - Anhinga anhinga - Aninga (Pato Aguja)

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