Headless Chicken Mode

Looks like it caught something yummy.

Looks like it caught something yummy.

Common Gallinule

I’ve been running around lately like the expression says, ‘like a chicken with its head cut off.’  I haven’t had a moment to share a photo.  I get so busy, on occasion, I call it ‘headless chicken mode.’  This means I am so frantically tackling the umpteen to-do lists I have things begin to fall apart, and I am not Super Sarah anymore.  It’s a chain reaction when I am in headless chicken mode: Food gets burnt, car keys get thrown into trash cans by mistake, I can’t recall if I have washed my hair or not and end up washing it two…or three times.  What can I say?  I am a work in progress.

Even in headless chicken mode, I can’t help but lurch to a stop (also known as banging into furniture or the wall) when I see a Common Gallinule behind the house.  Not only do I find this type of bird to be simply beautiful, I can’t stand the thought of it getting eaten in Alligator Lagoon.  And the Common Gallinule, after all, has been nicknamed the POND CHICKEN.  When I saw two Common Gallinules swimming and fishing in good ol’ gator lagoon the other day, I grabbed my camera and ran for the water.  I had to tell them to abort mission before the gator decided to have pond chicken for dinner!  Forget my headless chicken mode.  These two could be headless pond chickens if I didn’t warn them!!!

Of course, as soon as I arrived on the banks, I spotted an alligator lounging across the water, basking in the evening sun.  I tried to tell them to get the heck out of Dodge, but they just ignored me.  The Common Gallinules didn’t seem alarmed by the presence of the gator or of me.  They swam around, peacefully enjoying the fruits of gator lagoon, without the slightest hint of urgency to escape.  Here is the photo of the gator lounging across from them:

Gator lounging

Of course, there was an Ibis a few feet away from me, and I am quite certain he or she was alarmed by the gator.  The poor little fella wore such a look of uneasiness…  Or maybe it was only alarmed by me.  I was, after all, still in headless chicken mode, and this tends to make others nervous.  😉 What do you think? 🙂

Ibis

‘Creepy things’ find Sarah…

Alligator watching

I hear rumors through the grapevine of vacationers visiting Sanibel Island and never getting a glimpse of an alligator. Some of them have been vacationing here for years and still can’t find a gator. Somehow, I knew I wouldn’t be one of those people when my family and I relocated here last June. Creepy things have a tendency to find me. (For example, I have had two snakes INSIDE of my house over the years, and they were not pets…)

Sure enough, I was right, and as many of you know, I see gators all of the time. It would likely be safe to assume that many gators, snakes, and other ‘creepy things’ see me…more often than I see them. Like I said…it’s life-long, this ‘creepy-things-finding-Sarah’ phenomenon.

When my Aunt Sharon and Uncle Hank were visiting Sanibel last week, I just knew a gator would make an appearance for them…while they were with me, of course. It didn’t come very close, but it came close enough for me to snap the photo above…Lucky Auntie Sharon and Uncle Hank. 🙂

Haven’t seen an alligator on the island yet? Maybe you should look me up… 😉