I missed the actual catch. Not by much, you can see the ripples in the water. But I was just not ready, and in a fraction of a second he had the fish.
It might have been a Catfish, and this one was not giving up.
If the fish has sharp gills the Egret will not eat it while it still moves. That seems like a good idea.
The problem is other things will want his fish too.
He kept watching for a thief and finally made the move to eat it.
Not a moment too soon, the ultimate fish thief was heading over.
I could see the Alligator swimming over and tried to keep an angle that might allow me to get both in the same frame.
The Egret was having none of it. He managed to eat and fly at the same time. The Gator never got close enough for that shot.
When you see an Alligator you automatically think of those big teeth.
What about those claws !!!
One of those things you see out walking…
A scene that’s impossible for me not to photograph.
I had just published an article on a Heron gliding when I found this.
If you have ever been around them as they swim one of the first things you notice is the speed, and how little movement there is in the water. A different type of glide.
I don’t read too much into this when I see it. I doubt he is actually trying to hide, way too big.
I think he crawled up there and it was shady. Nice place to nap.
They were just sliding around each other a bit too much.
The further one finally slipped under and trouble averted. It’s rare to see a ‘conversation’ unless it’s breeding time.
Mom was close enough to watch the kids, and us.
Young Alligators are prey until large enough to fend for themselves .
For now this little guy was safe.
It was an easy shot to take…so of course I did.
When out shooting this is a common sight.
How weird is that !