“What Is That Thing?!”
This morning in the swamp I saw these two moorhens come strolling along on the edge of the water looking to pick at their usual breakfast of aquatic plants which they seem to find quite appealing. They quickly noticed however a large, somewhat unusual item floating there in the water. The moorhens paced about nervously for a few moments attempting to ascertain what this odd thing might be. But they must have concluded that it was nothing to be overly concerned about because they just as quickly went right back to their usual foraging.
Our pal Mr. Alligator was completely uninterested and ignored the moorhens the entire time. He obviously had more important things on his mind which no doubt included finding a comfy spot in the sun for his daily nap!
Very nice Phil, they just don’t seem to care at all. 🙂
Thanks Jan and yes they are in their own little world. 🙂
Wonderful reflections of the birds.
Who cares about the stupid birds what about Mr. Gator?!? 😉 😀
I thot Mr. Gator had checked out!
Mr. Gator never completely checks out, he is always *somewhere*. 😯
Very nice shot, Phil!
It’s good to know they can co-exist like this.
Thanks Gracie, yes for now everybody gets along fine. Give them aother month or so and thing could change. 😯
Very charming photos. I love how the animals can all sense when the Gators are not a threat to them.
Yeah that is kind of funny and odd how that happens. You would still think the birds would stay away just on principle, but who knows? 😕 🙂
Love the reflections. Those red noses pop!
Thanks! Yes gotta love those colorful beaks. 🙂
Great! They simply don’t care about Mr. Alligator! 😉
Thanks! No they don’t care about Mr. Gator and more importantly he doesn’t care about them. Well for now anyway.
Peace to Peace – that’s a great combination!
They have managed to work it out at least until summer. 🙂
Amazing photos! If alligators eat people, why are they not interested in the birds? I love that this situation had a happy outcome!
Well alligators don’t really eat people. They may occasionally chew on one or two, but that’s only if the people really deserved it. 😀
Thanks for checking these out!
Oh of course. Very cool pics! So you’re saying that I don’t have to run too fast if I encounter an alligator? I’m holding you accountable!
It helps if you run in a sort of zig zag pattern, this confuses the alligators and they are mostly only good at running in straight lines anyway. I expect being half (or maybe 3/4) bagged should help, that way you would pretty much already be running in a sort of wobbly line. 😮
Oh being half bagged will definitely be going on, so if I encounter an alligator, I’m golden!! Woohoo!
I like the way you think… be prepared and plan ahead. 😀
Live and let live, eh?
Well sure why not? Well, until the alligators get really hungry by end of Spring into Summer. 😯 🙂
They’re such little cuties.
Yes and the birds are kinda cute too. 🙂
Mr. Gator everytime seems much more symphatic to me 🙂 Look how peaceful their world… I can’t believe this. But if I were there in the water, I wonder what would be with Mr. Gator!
Your photographs are amazing, so beautiful, so artistic, fascinated me again. Thank you dear Phil, love, nia
Well sure you have to love happy Mr. Gator! He is a great guy and lots of fun at parties! 😉 😀
Thank you so much for all your very kind words Nia I greatly appreciate it.
Cute series Phil. Always had a soft spot for moorhens. 🙂
Well the moorhens are OK I guess but how about everybody’s pal Mr. Alligator?! You gotta love him right?! 😀
Thanks much Adrian!
Fantastic pics again, Phil. I love the way those birds are peering down at the alligator, in the second shot, as if they’re wondering what sort of big fish he is. 😀
They do look quite inquisitive don’t they?! 🙂
Thanks a bunch Sylvia!
It never ceases to be an amazing experience, watching the interaction between species. The more I see, the more I want to! Thank you, Phil!
Well I am so happy you enjoy seeing the various wildlife interactions Maggie. That is probably my favorite part of wildlife photography!
Those moorhens always get strangely close….!!
Yes they sure do, and they are kind of goofy birds so it really makes you wonder what they are thinking.
Lucky they found Ali on an off day!
Yes indeed he was having an off day. but once it warms up a bit more he should be getting hungry and that’s when all bets are off. 🙂
Nice series. I especially like the 2nd picture with the moorhens staring at Mr. Gator and the nice clear reflections.
Thanks very much for looking and commenting and I’m happy you enjoyed these photos!