I was watching a Grackle
waiting for the mother to come feed her chicks when this
Juvenile Black-Crowned Night
flew in and along came an
. Talk about distractions! The blurry brown bird flying is
a female grackle. The clear bird
in the water is the night heron.
The alligator crept up on shore. I thought it was going to go after one
of the birds nearby, but instead it tipped its head sideways and took a
bite of mud. Mud? I didn't think gators got rabies, but something odd
was sure going on with this one!
It gets nuttier. Next this silly gator seemed to turn vegetarian and eat
I'm glad I got the pictures, because without them this story doesn't
pack the punch that it did in person!
It was getting dark when all of this took place at the wetlands, and
those of us standing by speculated about what was attracting this gator,
but until I got home and reviewed the pictures I wasn't sure. If you're
very fond of chicks, don't scroll back through this page. If you missed
it, scroll up and look at the bottom left of many of the photographs.
There is a young Grackle chick
the ground. It wasn't moving before the
came out of the water, and
I noticed that the plants were mashed below the nest but were not the
first couple of times I saw the nest. I suspect that some creature, this
one or another, tried to get the chicks, took one, but dropped it under
attack from the parent Grackles. That's just my best guess though.