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Came From Nowhere, Alligator

I was explaining to a friend how this area had once been busy.

Raising my hand to point to my right, just as I began to speak about Alligators thriving over there …

Came From Nowhere, Alligator
Came From Nowhere, Alligator

Huge splash, and a gator flying through the water.

It was almost show biz!

He was chasing something I never did see. but what a wonderful grand entrance he made.

Getting Serious, Heron, Egret

They are starting to live closer to each other. Prime nesting spots are hard to find. The Great Blue Herons are always there first and protect the location and small young.

I caught this series as the Great Egret pushed closer and closer to the Heron. Egrets may be the biggest danger to small Heron chicks. The adult Heron, while a docile species, will attack if threatened.

Getting Serious, Heron, Egret
Getting Serious, Heron, Egret

The following photographs are a good example of aggressive behavior in these rookeries.

Getting Serious, Heron, Egret
Getting Serious, Heron, Egret

Above, the Great Egret was inching closer to the Heron nest. Finally the Heron stood and warned the Egret to move away.

Getting Serious, Heron, Egret
Getting Serious, Heron, Egret

Egrets are usually the aggressor and will fight back.

Getting Serious, Heron, Egret
Getting Serious, Heron, Egret

The Heron had been pushed by the Egrets for some time and ultimately attacked.

Getting Serious, Heron, Egret
Getting Serious, Heron, Egret

Above the Egret wisely backed off. The Heron had the high ground, was protecting young, and is bigger.

Getting Serious, Heron, Egret
Getting Serious, Heron, Egret

This time the Heron won the day.

Egrets are nesting in this tree below the Heron so this will be an ongoing battle.

I was pleased to be able to capture this series from start to finish (there were other shots, too many to include). You need to be in the right place at the right time. I was, this time.

 

Sharpening Her Bill, Heron

I have seen this behavior before. It’s even more common with the Great Egrets.

When in an attack or defensive position the birds will almost make a show out of sharpening their beaks.

Sharpening Her Bill, Heron
Sharpening Her Bill, Heron

It’s probably a form of intimidation.

Sharpening Her Bill, Heron
Sharpening Her Bill, Heron

Egrets have been moving in on this Great Blues nest and she has tiny young. It will take more than a single Egret to drive her away. Both Herons and Egrets will stand their ground.

Sharpening Her Bill, Heron
Sharpening Her Bill, Heron

Above you can see a small ‘tuft’ of feathers below the Heron.

 

Anhinga In Flight

This bird is high on the list of ‘speed demons’. Since we see them in the water most of the time flight shots are not all that common.

Out of the water they can hardly walk, are clumsy, and slow movers.

They make us assume slow is normal for them.

Anhinga In Flight
Anhinga In Flight

Impressive is a good description of them flying.