Tuesday, September 22, 2009

An Anhinga with trash around it’s beak


Our friends, Debbie and George, have a beautiful pond. Many ducks call it home. Many more wild ones come in daily to feed. Blue Herons and Anhingas also frequent it.

This Anhinga showed up and has stayed a few days. They realized there was a problem. I took some pictures this afternoon, so we could get a look at what is on it’s beak.


It almost looks like rags or something with knots in it.014cs

The bird was quite a distance away and the pictures aren't very good.

They contacted someone who knows how to handle a situation like this. They will try to net it when it gets a bit weaker. They don’t want to chase it away, it might not get any help then.


For some reason it cant get it off it’s beak and that means it can’t eat. I will let you know how they make out getting it free.

This is one of the reasons we carry nippers and bags for trash when we are out in our dingy. We once saw an Anhinga with fishing line trailing behind, as it flew past, and decided  we’d  start gathering all the fishing line that is left in the bushes etc. We have to take our dog ashore each evening and morning…while out..we cruise the waters edge looking for “stuff”.

Check out the “Pick it up” button on the right….just click on it.  This is why you’ll find it on all my blogs.


  1. Poor thing. It cant drink either. It looks like a piece of material. I hope someone can get to it before it's to late. I thought the photos were good. Helen

  2. How sad! It seems counterintuitive to wait until the bird has suffered even more to rescue it, but it makes sense. I hope it stays around long enough for someone to help him out. Poor thing!

  3. This is so sad. Glad you could contact someone who knows how to help. What is wrong with people?

  4. When I took the photos it was in the top of a tree..it took off..flew in a big circle and came back to the tree. If it stays near the pond and comes down to drink or try to feed, they may beable to net it. I'll let you know how they make out.

  5. Oh that makes me sad and angry all at the same time! Hope someone will be able get to him soon. Keep us posted!

  6. I hope you are able to help this poor bird. I don't understand how people can be so uncaring of our world that they leave a stream of trash behind them.

  7. Such a shame, man will be its own demise

  8. Poor thing! Thanks for notifying the right folks. When I was about 13, I rescued an anhinga snarled in fishing line and almost lost an eye doing it.
    At that tender age, it never occurred to me that the anhinga would see me as a predator. That sharp beak came inches from my eye.
    I did get him loose, but only after a quick retreat to figure out a way to deal with that spearpoint of a beak.
    He got to wear my tshirt over his head for a few minutes while I cut him loose.

  9. This is the kind of post I like to see. I hope people see that this kind of thing happens every single day, and is so preventable. I hope all will end well and can't wait to hear what happens to the poor lil guy.

  10. I agree with everyone else. I do hope he can be saved before it's too late.

  11. Carol..I am holding my breath..I sure hope this poor thing can be helped!
    I tweeted this out to twitter birders..felt more people should see this...hope someone can help.

  12. This is late but wondering what happened to the bird. It looks like it could have slid that material off easily but guess not.

  13. Sorry to make everyone feel so bad...but sometimes it takes a "real" tragedy to open eyes. The bird was seen about 3 days ago..still had the stuff on it's beak. Unable to catch it. It hasn't been back since. I hope someone else was able to help it or it finally came off. Pick up a bit of trash each day, even if it's only one thing. It all helps.


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