In the golden light of early morning, this mated Anhinga pair is reinforcing their nest. The male has just returned from pulling twigs from a nearby tree. He has delivered them to his mate and together they work to arrange the new material. Anhingas share nesting responsibility, each taking turns throughout the day to sit on the nest while the other hunts.
Nesting season is in full swing at J. N. “Ding” Darling NWR on Sanibel Island, Florida. And we were very lucky to see this Anhinga’s nest in full view only about 50 feet from the educational boardwalk. This was photographed using a long lens from that boardwalk. I am adamant about not interfere with nesting of sensitive animals. March 26, 2016