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A cormorant-like bird with body length of 33 in. It is a dark-plumaged piscivore with a very long neck, and often swims with only the neck above water. When swimming in this style the name snakebird is apparent, since only the colored neck appears above water the bird looks like a snake ready to strike. They do not have external nares (nostrils) and breathe solely through their epiglottis.
Man made reclaimed water nature preserve
Spotted on Aug 14, 2014
Submitted on Sep 2, 2014