A Darter dries its wings while perched on a snag in the River Murray. This is another photo from my weekend camping at Barmah. Darters, which are closely related to Cormorants, are often seen with only their head and neck above water. Their plumage is not waterproof and as an underwater hunter, the feathers are actually permeable to allow for decreased buoyancy. When they are out of the water, they remove water from their feathers, by squeezing their feathers through their bill and using oil from large preen glands situated at the base of the tail. Often you will see Darters spreading their wings to dry them in the sun â just like the one I have photographed.
|Canon EOS 300D DIGITAL|
|Focal Length:||300 mm|