“Hey! Look What I Can Do!!”

Yesterday afternoon I saw this great egret hanging around with a napping alligator. Now of course the egret does not wish to be harassed in any way by the gator, but evidently the egret did not want to be ignored either. So the egret started doing these show off gymnastics routines right next to the alligator in an apparent move to impress our sleeping friend. The plan failed miserably. I don’t think the alligator even so much as opened his eyes and the egret walked away looking both a bit dejected and possibly even a bit miffed. On the other hand… had the alligator paid too much attention to the egret and tried to snap at it, the egret would have thrown a huge fit and made a giant fuss about it. Maybe the egret should reconsider his plans…it is far likely better to be ignored by the gator then to get too much of the wrong attention! 

Alligator and Egret

Alligator and Egret

Alligator and Egret

Alligator and Egret

Alligator and Egret

Alligator and Egret

Alligator and Egret

Alligator and Egret

50 thoughts on ““Hey! Look What I Can Do!!”

  1. “… it is far likely better to be ignored by the gator then to get too much of the wrong attention!”

    He will however be understood only when it is too late! Until then, even the feathers are flying but without the bird in it. What a pitty! 😉

  2. Thank you for beginning my day laughing, Phil! These egrets are the comedians of the bird world, aren’t they?

  3. What an amazing pairing of two species just hanging out side by side! A very cool behavior sighting to witness. Much enjoyed, although if I were that egret, I’d not had his courage, lol.

  4. Oh what fun! Such a crazy, wacky bird. Pity ours don’t have alligators to play with. They’re pretty boring standing around staring into the water…

  5. Awesome shots!
    So is the egret brave or stupid? You can probably guess which one is in my mind. I’d rather not disturb a creature that can easily snap me up for lunch.

    • Thanks I’m glad you like the pics!
      Those egrets can be more then a little goofy at times. But somehow they (think) know when an alligator is only sleeping. 🙂

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