Big Dinner For Mister Alligator
We had an alligator out feeding in the salt marsh during low tide this afternoon. I thought it was unusually early for them to be eating but I guess the relatively warm Winter and apparent early Spring must have jump started their appetites.
Since the tide was low, this clever gator managed to find a nice pool of water in which some mullet had found themselves landlocked and trapped.
Mr. A went back and forth and eventually separated one fish out from the herd and had it pushed practically out of the water at the edge of the small pool. That’s when our boy erupted and pounced on the hapless mullet snagging the fish in his powerful jaws.
Despite the struggles of the unfortunate victim, it’s fate was sealed. A few chomps by those white teeth and one swallow later the mullet was history and dinner. This was likely the big guy’s first meal in a while so I’m sure it was appreciated.
Those are terrific photos from this afternoon! I especially like the last one you posted. By the way, I checked my shots from late in the day, and the eagle did catch a small fish and fly it back to the nest.
Thanks much Lee and glad you got to see the eagle in action!
Thanks for checking these out and glad you liked ’em!
Poor fish 🙂 But great photographs of these moments… Thank you dear Phil, Love, nia
Thank you Nia, I’m glad you looked in on our alligator friend and liked seeing the photos.
Yes we feel a bad for the poor fish.
What are those two holes there in the membrane (if that’s what you would call it) just above the fish.
The dark red spots? I’m pretty sure those are blobs of fish blood.
Well, that filled a hole! Definitely one for Thea, I think!
Oh yeah! I’m anxiously awaiting Thea’s reaction to more nature in action photos! She is too cute!
Great images, Phil! Thanks for sharing!
Thank you Bill, I appreciate you looking and commenting and I’m happy you enjoyed the photos!
Oh noooo!! Really happy for Mr. A, but that poor fishie. He looks terrified 😕
Ooo yeah, I knew this one was going to be just a bit of a rough one for you Sylvia. Yikes! Poor fishie face with a terrified look for sure.
Even the fish were shocked that Mr. A was out early fishing, that can’t be good news for the fish community,
Fantastic action. Almost heard the crunch.
Thanks, glad you liked seeing our gator buddy in action. I was indeed close enough to hear the sounds as dinner was consumed. At the end it was kind of a slurp followed by a gulp. Oddly unnerving.
That fish does look scared.
But Mr A would be happy.
You can actually see Mr A’s Throat opening up ready for the fish. LOL.
Those fishie eyes looking at his destination..
WOWZA! Great action captures!