High Island, TX, Smith Oaks Rookery, April, 2017
“The birds are relatively safe on the island from their usual predators such as coyotes and raccoons, because alligators patrol the moat around the island in search of these mammals. The alligator “guards” occasionally take birds also that get too close to the water, and eat chicks that fall from nests.” (Taken from the Houston Audubon Organization pamphlet.)
He rises up,
out of river,
plops himself down,
on the ground,
stalks his prey.
2 thoughts on “~Birding in Texas, Alligators”
So great to see your alligator, Sheila. Ours seems to be a bit scarce these days.
Hi Sylvia, how are you? Where have your gators gone? 😉
I can honestly say, I didn’t like seeing these “gators” on the island. However, after reading about them it seems they might actually help these birds by keeping the other predators away. Really!?!?
Thanks for stopping by!