Alligator eating bird (warning graphic)

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A couple of weeks ago when shooting the baby blues feeding, one fell into the water and became the breakfast for this gator, at least 8-9' in length.
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Kevin P.
Jefferson Island, LA
 
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Kevin,

Just kind of makes one feel sad. It is how nature operates but I think we just tend to humanize those cute birds.

Thanks for posting nature up and close.
 
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that's irresponisble parenting if you ask me. What kind of parent builds a nest above alligator feeding grounds? ***?
 
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Cleo, Maji,
thanks for viewing, I know its graphic, Ray B asked that I post em, I have the whole series but one pic says it all. Cleo, thank you for the giggles but I understand there is a reason why nature has the birds build the nest like that.
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Kevin P.
 
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Natures way

that's irresponisble parenting if you ask me. What kind of parent builds a nest above alligator feeding grounds? ***?

The gators actually help the birds as much as they feed on them. When there is a large concentration of nests full of birds, Snakes, Racoons, possums and others would love to cllimb the tree and eat a nest full of eggs as well as the mother if she doesn't flee. The gators waiting below for birds will eat the other varmits before they can get to the nest. So the birds actually choose to nest there!
 
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Cleo, Maji,
thanks for viewing, I know its graphic, Ray B asked that I post em, I have the whole series but one pic says it all. Cleo, thank you for the giggles but I understand there is a reason why nature has the birds build the nest like that.
Thank you kindly,
Kevin P.

:biggrin:

The gators actually help the birds as much as they feed on them. When there is a large concentration of nests full of birds, Snakes, Racoons, possums and others would love to cllimb the tree and eat a nest full of eggs as well as the mother if she doesn't flee. The gators waiting below for birds will eat the other varmits before they can get to the nest. So the birds actually choose to nest there!

Ahhhh, that makes sense :smile:
 
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The Gator will be so disappointed when it realize feather is not digestible! These chicks probably weight less than a pound!

Nice capture, Kevin, just make sure you stay away from water in the future!
 

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