Charlie and the Nature Factory [Warning: Stunningly Beautiful Large Photo Images]

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When you leave him, do you say, "See ya later, alligator?"
 

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One more for the road, a jumbo that might be Charlie's grandparent.

This gator keeps well away from humans and never ventures (as far as I know) close to the more urban side of the lake:


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What about cthulhu, SK? Do you think they're beautiful too? Let me tell ya, I have one living in my bathtub and it's NOT beautiful. I'm going to have to bring in a whole army of narwhals to deal with this thing. It keeps drinking my shampoo and laughing at me. It belches too. Sea critters have no manners.
 

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I saw Charlie today enjoying a nap. He'd been partly out of the water for some time, sun-baked and content.

A neighbor told me that he'd seen him gorge on an ibis earlier that morning:
Man that makes me hungry. I haven't gorged on an ibis in ages.
 

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Pretty. It is wearing a goofy expression, though, poor thing.
 

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Yes. And he responds, "After a while, crocodile."

And I say, "Hope to see you soon, baboon."

Then we slap five and part ways.

I laughed at this. Thanks for making me laugh today. I've had a bad day.
 

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I laughed at this. Thanks for making me laugh today. I've had a bad day.
You're welcome. It's the least I can do. :)

Another scene from the lake, where this anhinga gave me the evil eye:


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Sometimes they try to take on more than they can handle in one gulp:


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Really cool pics, SK!
:):)
 

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Yes, they're all gorgeous pics. That last one's the skeeriest of the bunch, tho'.
 

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Really cool pics, SK!
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Thank you.

Yes, they're all gorgeous pics. That last one's the skeeriest of the bunch, tho'.
For a while there, I thought I might have to jump into the water and perform the Heimlich Maneuver on that bird. But eventually, tired from her efforts, she gave up on her catch.

(While fishing once, I came upon a pelican floating on the surface with the head and neck of a cormorant lodged in her throat. Both birds were dead. I imagine that as the pelican dove for its meal, the cormorant surged upward from below at the same instant, and they were joined at that most inopportune moment. Really wish I had a picture of that encounter I could post here...)
 

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From yesterday, a Little Blue Heron, in sharp contrast to its surroundings:


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A short distance away, Charlie looked on (at both bird and man) while feigning indifference:


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Please note the bird pictured above is a tricolored heron, not a little blue heron. More about that here.
 
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I wonder if Charlie watched The Super Bowl yesterday. He reminds me of Patriots fans who tried their best to hide out today. (like us)
 

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