Manny, Moe and Jack
This morning started off sunny and fairly mild so we went over to the swamp hoping some of our reptile friends might be out relaxing in the sunshine. We quickly noticed Manny, Moe and Jack were lounging around at the edge of the water taking advantage of some pleasant sunlight. Moe decided he needed a bit more sun on his face so he turned around to position himself at a better angle for that, followed soon by Jack who had the same idea.
Although Jack was clearly enjoying the morning sun, he apparently thought things were getting a bit too crowded in that location so he headed off find a nap spot of his own. It was too bad he left because he missed all the excitement as a moorhen that was picking at marsh weeds came floating into the scene. Well maybe excitement isn’t the best description of the event as Manny and Moe appeared completely unimpressed and totally disinterested in the moorhen’s presence.
Darn gators never listen to us. “Eat Moorhen, less Heron”.
I was out in the northern Everglades yesterday. Not a gator to be found – but the best birding day I’ve had in years. No bald eagle, no green heron – but just about every other swamp/marsh critter, including the biggest gathering of Roseate Spoonbills I’ve ever seen.
Those alligators never do seem to take direction very well do they?!
Love your bird pix but your allies are superb, just adore them! And two in one. Bird plus allie!!
Well I’m happy to hear you are a fan of the alligators!
I call those photos where there is a bird, or birds, in the same frame with alligators “Proximity” shots.
I try to purposely look for those photo opportunities whenever possible.
Thanks very much for checking out these pics!
Great shots of the gators Phil.
Thanks jan, they seemed happy this morning. Well, as best as you can tell anyway. 🙂
Nice group of alligators you have there. I don’t know whether that moorhen is brave or just stupid.
There was nice little group out this morning. 🙂
These guys were not in feeding mode right now so the moorhen was not in much danger.
I just love seeing these creature Phil. As always, fabulous pictures! 🙂
I’m very happy you enjoy seeing these alligators Adrian! Thanks
Sembra impossibile vedere come è indifferente alla presenza della gallinella, il primo pensiero che viene nel vedere queste splendide foto è che poi se la mangi in un boccone. Molto meglio per la gallinella che non lo abbia fatto!! 🙂
Non ora avete fame così l’uccello è sicuro 😀
Grazie per lo sguardo a queste foto!
Hatten die keinen Appetit auf Entenbraten?
Ha ha ha ha Keine Ente heute 😆
The gator friends are back? I thot they went to the outer reaches of the swamp for the winter or is your winter already over?
They are mostly still in for the season. But when we get a mild day like today with a lot of sun there is the possibilty for one or two to come out for a nap in the sun. Today we happened to see several.
Supposed to be 70F here for a few days so I will go back and keep looking for them. They may be confused and think Spring is here already but we will have winter through Feb.
Hell these things make me nervous and I am only looking at an image Phil.
But they are so cute and cuddly. 😀
I can’t believe how active these guys have been! Great shots as always Phil.
A warm day with strong sun will do that.
Thanks for checking these out Maleea!
Thanks for the alligator shots again. You’ve certainly made a believer out of me. I’m actually learning to like the critters. 🙂
I’m very happy you like my alligator photos Gunta! They do kind of grow on ya don’t they? 😀
thank you for this stunning series!!!
Wish you a nice weekend,
Than you moni I’m happy you like these!
Enjoy your weekend!
Love your photos and narration!
As always I truly appreciate you looking and commenting Molly!
Cada día me sorprendes más, admiro tu valor, yo no sería capaz ni de acercarme al pantano!!
Estoy muy agradecido por sus amables palabras! 😀
Hi from England! Love the pics of the moorhen perilously near the alligators, is the moorhen not aware of them, silly enough not to bother, or does it know when they are no threat? The workings of wild creatures minds never fails to intrigue me!
Hi Maggie, thank you very much for looking and commenting on these photos!
The birds do seem to know when the alligators are not in a hunting and feeding mode. This time of year the alligators do not really eat at all. Come Spring they will be very hungry though and the birds will know this too. 😯 🙂
Great little group!!! Wonderful shot.
They were some group alright! They did seem to be enjoying their day!
Ha ha Phil the last picture is hilarious! 😀
Hey glad you liked the pics! They have fun out there! heh heh 🙂
Ha! Brilliant pix. I’m starting to think your gators look like large geckos 😀
So glad you liked the alligator photos!
I won’t mention that gecko remark to them. I think they kind of see themselves as hardened warriors and I know they can be rather sensitive, and we *certainly* do not want any hurt feelings out there. 😉 😀
Did I just “like” this? Well.. I do like this post quite a lot Phil ! So much reading to catch up on.
Thanks a million for checking this out Emily and glad you liked the gator gang! 🙂
Great photos again, Phil. I get the impression that these alligators never open their mouths, even to say “Boo” to a moorhen. 🙂
You could write children’s books… lol……….. great story and great photos…….. still can’t quite warm up to those gators…..
Heh heh thanks Sally! You gotta love the gators! 😀