An Anhinga, a waterbird common to South Florida
Here, she is drying her feathers, following a few hours of diving, so that she can fly greater distance. Anhingas have no oil glands to coat their feathers, reducing their buoyancy, which helps their underwater swimming. When they finish diving, their feathers are soaked with water, and must be dried before they can fly more than a short distance.
Lake Emerald, in Oakland Park, Florida -US- near Fort Lauderdale.
Taken from my balcony over the lake, Thursday morning, June 15, 2006.
See her LARGER or
HUGE ( You may need to click on a "button" at lower right corner of the "huge" image to get the full size. )