Female Darter, also known as "Snake-Bird".
The Darter is a large, slim water bird with a long snake-like neck, sharp pointed bill, and long, rounded tail. Male birds are dark brownish black with glossy black upper wings, streaked and spotted white, silver-grey and brown. The strongly kinked neck has a white or pale brown stripe from the bill to where the neck kinks and the breast is chestnut brown.
Females and immature are grey-brown above, pale grey to white below, with a white neck stripe that is less distinct in young birds.
16th December 2014
Canon EOS 5D Mark iii + Tele Converter Kenko Pro 300 DGX 2X + Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM, ISO 320, f/8, SS 1/1000, FL 400mm.