|Snowy Egret -- Captain Sams Inlet, Kiawah Island -- June 18, 2011|
If you have observed the behavior of a Snowy in interaction with any other bird, then you will have witnessed this "in-your-face" attitude that it often shows. Well, Laughing Gulls are also known to have rather bold personalities.
|Laughing Gull -- Captain Sams Inlet, Kiawah Island -- June 18, 2011|
I began watching the Snowy dancing around through the gully chasing & nabbing fish. But I was not the only curious soul watching. Here comes LG (Laughing Gull) interested in Snowy's pursuits. Imagine the conversation ...
|LG: Hey bud, whatcha doin'?|
|Snowy: Man, back off! This is my territory!|
|LG: Oh Buddy, you a fishin! Anything good there!?|
Snowy: Outta my way! I am gonna get that wiggler!
|LG: Lemme see! Lemme see!|
|Snowy: Got 'em!|
LG: Oh ya did, yeah ya did! Wanna share?
|Snowy: No way, man! This wiggler is mine all mine! Any questions? Take note of the beak, man!|
|LG: Just askin' bud! Ya don't hafta be dat way. These Showy Snowies never wanna share! I'm outta here!|
Snowy: Uh huh! Good riddance!
|LG: No problem, bud! I know how to fish!|
So the Laughing Gull took off, perhaps a bit disappointed but sane and safe. Perhaps one of those amenable Brown Pelicans will prove to be an easier target!
More photos to come from our excursion on June 18 to Captain Sams with highlights on the shorebirds and then a spotlight on "My Star of the Day" -- the Snowy Egret in his One Bird Show!