Hungry for lunch? Probably not as hungry as this blue heron.
Photographer Scott Martin was visiting the Viera Wetlands near Melbourne, Florida, when he witnessed this remarkable turn of events as a great blue heron flipped the food chain upside down.
“The great blue heron ‘played’ with the little gator for at least 20 minutes before killing and swallowing it,” said Scott.
These large, wading birds will typically eat anything they can get a hold of, including fish, small mammals, even other birds . . . but this one had gator on its mind, and it’s safe to say it got its fill.
Blue herons are a familiar sight to most Floridians, but seeing one gulp down a baby gator like this is a bit unexpected .