Mister Alligator And Friends
So last night an alligator was feeding in the shallow water of the salt marsh at low tide. As is often the case, Mr. A’s sloshing around had attracted the attention of a few of the wading birds that were in the area. Quickly a wood stork and an egret arrived to join in the feeding frenzy, scooping up fish that in a panic were jumping all over in an attempt to get away from our alligator pal.
The birds know that an actively feeding gator can provide a jackpot of fish and they will purposely stand around near the alligator and even follow it as it moves from side to side herding the fish as it goes. The wood stork was particularly bold but the egret hung right in there as well. The birds may be taking a little bit of a chance, but they can also tell when Mr. A is focused on catching fish and crabs only and is paying no attention to them.
Also in the nearby area was an ibis, a snowy egret, a great blue heron, and another wood stork. But none of them were quite as brave as these two here. They are likely older and more experienced birds and are better at reading alligator body language which is an important skill to have in the marsh if you wish to cash in on the seafood bonanza available when Mr. A is really working the area hard.