Last night this alligator was fishing in the salt marsh during low tide and his activity also attracted the attention of a great blue heron. It’s not uncommon for wading birds such as herons and egrets to fish close to where an alligator is active. The gator will get the fish all stirred up and then the birds can grab them more easily as the fish attempt to flee in a total panic.
Here, the alligator lunges out of the water after some fish and you can see how the heron is on high alert, keeping an eye on both the startled fish and the enthusiastic alligator. I also thought is was kind of funny that the heron never moved an inch when that gator burst up out of the water in front of him!