There must be some type of sign, like a secret hand shake, that says ‘Just Ate, Not Hungry’.
The Snowy Egret knows he is not alone. I’m sure he is also aware of just how fast these guys can actually move. I’ve seen it, like lightening.
Look close and you will see the Egrets reflection in the water, almost on top of the gators. That’s too close.
The birds do this all the time and get away with it, for the most part. Heck, somewhere in this web site is a photograph of a Spoonbill biting ones tail.