It is also known as the "snake bird" because when its body is submerged while swimming with only its long neck and head showing, it appears to be a snake. The following photo shows this bird with the wings down and you can get a glimpse of its snake like body.
But I like seeing them with the wings open
as if ready for flight.
Mealtime consists of fish which it catches in its long dagger-like serrated bill. It flips the fish in the air, catching it headfirst and gulps it down. Actually, it's not that different than watching Left Brain at an all-you-can-eat buffet.
You'll often see this bird perched with its wings spread open. This is because they lack oil glands with which to preen and so much keep their wings half open to dry them in the sun.
And now you know more about this magnificent creature.
Long Live the Queen of the Swamp