I apologize to anyone who may be upset by this image...but those of you who follow my journal know that I like to capture wild things doing what they do. In this case, an American alligator eating what I believe is a Coot. It happened very fast - the gator lunged out of the grass, grabbed the bird, and submerged. Moments later, up he came, rearing out of the water with his prize. I was a safe distance away, above him, snapping as fast as I could while hubs "encouraged" me to get in the car! This is the kind of moment everyone who photographs wildlife lives for. No way I could pass up blipping it.
Photo taken late day at Viera Wetlands, FL.
I will post some other shots on Flickr when we get back home. Tomorrow morning, we'll meet up with Wade at the wetlands. There is a frost warning tonight with morning temps forecast for 36 F ...so we will be bundled up, but ready for anything.
Other highlights today included my first-ever sighting of a Crested Caracara - it flew right over the highway in front of us, and no chance to get a photo; and a whole bunch of Avocets, which I did manage to photograph! A great day and lots of fun.
We are chilln' tonight at the La Quinta in Melbourne, FL. Back home tomorrow afternoon.
Cheers...and don't let the gators get ya!