While checking for waterthrushes at this flooded hole (created by ORV drivers doing donuts) I spotted a venomous Cottonmouth Water Moccasin. While I was photographing it, a Northern Waterthrush suddenly appeared in the viewfinder.
I focused on the waterthrush, expecting it to quickly fly away.
Instead, the bird started walking towards the snake!
It actually flew up a bit ahead of the snake as it swam towards the shore.
The waterthrush flew down and approached the snake.
It was only inches from the snake's head as the reptile moved up into the brush.
The bird never showed any signs of being alarmed, as it watched the Cottonmouth disappear into the shrub. Was this just curiosity, or was the bird looking for invertebrate prey that may be stirred up by the snake?
The waterthrush went on feeding as if nothing unusual had happened.