I have seen them walk right by one, step over one, even walk on their back…but never saw a Spoonbill bite an Alligator. Until now.
This was a long shot, taken at 535mm. At first I just assumed it was another log, there were plenty here. The logged moved. I noticed so I must think he did too.
Above, in both shots, he is messing around with the gators tail. Why?
This looks to be a four year old (approx) Alligator based on his size. I just think he was a surprised as me.
It was the Alligator that moved off, not the Spoonbill. I hope the Spoonbill doesn’t make a habit of this.
Unfortunately I was not very close. Still this was a first for me, probably the gator too.
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