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So, I was driving through a nearby town and I saw this 18 foot alligator in front of a store.

"Now there's a great photo for my photo a week LJ post: an 18 foot long stuffed gator!" I said to myself.

But I didn't have my camera with me. So, I figured I would just go home and get the camera and take that picture.

However, the alligator...vanished. During the two hours it took me to get home and then back to the store.

I like to think someone just saw it and bought it while I was gone. The store was closed so I couldn't ask. Maybe they took the gator inside when they closed. But, here's another thought...that store is right next to a swamp...maybe...just maybe...it was a live alligator and it walked away.

Anyway, no picture of it for you guys! So, I guess it never happened. SIGH!

Here's an iron horse surrounded by birds who love muffins. The lady walking rapidly past...is on the edge of some further swampland. And the birds wade there...and demand muffin scraps from anyone they see coming out of the bakery that installed this horse.

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Date: 2015-02-09 03:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thisficklemob.livejournal.com
Ha! I like your fishalligator story, but the muffin-demanding birds are pretty excellent as well.

How are you doing? (I am ensnowed.)

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Date: 2015-02-09 03:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rabid1st.livejournal.com
Yes! One day when I was stopped at this bakery, purchasing a muffin. I saw the herd of birds sweep down on another patron and surround her. They did not fly in but came wheeling around her on foot.

I remained safely in my car. But I called out to the other patron. "It is easy to believe they are descended from velociraptors, isn't it?" I said.

She laughed nervously and said, "Yeah! I can see it in their eyes. They would take me out if they could."

Personally, I don't know that she should assume they COULDN'T still take her out...if they felt there was a muffin margin in that.

I am pretty well, thank you. Behind on my photo of the week, as you can see. But we have been having nice weather and I've been taking the cat for walks as a form of exercise. No leash or anything...she likes to walk with me and keep up a stream of cat nattering as we circumnavigate the yard.

Also, she likes to be involved in the yard work. No stick can be picked up without her pouncing on it a few times.

How have you been? Have you been following auntiesuze's posts about the snow in Maine? Probably you don't need to if you have your own blanket of monotonous white outside. It seems like it's been snowing forever.

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Date: 2015-02-09 04:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thisficklemob.livejournal.com
Aww, your cat sounds like a dog-cat. *g*

I'm so far behind I didn't even know you were doing a photo of the week.

Maine is probably snowier than Mass.... or maybe not, as the last storm was worse in CT than here. But yeah, much snow. But at least I don't have to shovel.

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Date: 2015-02-09 04:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thisficklemob.livejournal.com
As for the dino-birds, they've probably figured out that repeat customers are necessary to them.

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Date: 2015-02-09 05:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rabid1st.livejournal.com
Good point. I mock bird brains, but my time with Tweetie and Finn has taught me that birds are pretty sharp when they need to be. They just really do not think like us. Something to think about when we are trying to relate to them, of course.

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Date: 2015-02-09 03:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] astitchintime-9.livejournal.com
Sorry about your missing alligator ... you should have taken the photo anyway!

The birds are ibises, correct?

"Native American folklore held that the bird was the last to seek shelter before a hurricane, and the first to emerge afterwards. The bird was thus a symbol for danger and optimism."

Nice photo!

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Date: 2015-02-09 03:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rabid1st.livejournal.com
Those are, indeed, ibises. Those under 2 years of age are brown. They get gradually whiter as they become adults.

And I'm not surprised that they are fearless and optimistic. I was saying in a comment above that it is easy to believe they are descended from velociraptors. They race after people with muffins and wheel and manuever as a group to cut those people off from any escape route.

Part of their little bird brain is telling them they can take down large prey if said prey is carrying a bakery bag and refuses to part with a significant amount of crumbs.

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Date: 2015-02-09 05:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rabid1st.livejournal.com
And...are you saying that you would have been interested in a photo of the shop front where there used to be a giant gator?

Couldn't that be ANY shop front?

Here is a shop, once upon a time giant alligators roamed here...or so the evolutionists would have us believe. ;->
Edited Date: 2015-02-09 05:15 am (UTC)

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Date: 2015-02-09 01:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] auntiesuze.livejournal.com
I was going to ask if those were egrets, but they're ibises? I don't know my long-legged waterfowl, as we don't get many of them up here. I find it pretty funny that these guys have become the pigeon/seagull-equivalent for the area. XD

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Date: 2015-02-10 04:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rabid1st.livejournal.com
Yep! Ibises! Here is more than you will care to know about them.

https://naturephotographermag.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=23:my-favorite-florida-birdsti&catid=7:wildlife&Itemid=15

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