Drama In The Marsh
Yesterday afternoon these two egrets surprised me by engaging in some particularly serious fighting in the marsh. One aggressive egret swooped in and jumped on the other, trying to stand on it’s back and shove the poor guy under the water. To make matters worse, there was an alligator gliding through the water right behind them as this battle was taking place! Lucky for the egrets, the gator ignored the action and just kept right on going on his merry way.
If you look closely at shots five and six, you may be able to see yet another young alligator in the lower left that comes in to investigate the situation. Although this caused the egrets even further agitation, finally they were able to separate and could now safely go on about their business.
Feathers and egos were clearly quite ruffled though!