Congress In Session, Alligator - click to enlarge

Congregation, Alligators

A group of Alligators is called a ‘Congregation’ or Congress (which I prefer, LOL). Late spring and early summer is Alligator time.

Congress In Session, Alligator - click to enlarge
Congress In Session, Alligator – click to enlarge

When photographing Alligators the best time is when the marshes are low.

Congress In Session, Alligator - click to enlarge
Congress In Session, Alligator – click to enlarge

The big Alligators are out in the big marshes, and shallow water makes them start a congregation to hunt.

Congress In Session, Alligator - click to enlarge
Congress In Session, Alligator – click to enlarge

These images were taken as a shower started and they began to mass right along the banks. Since there is a steep incline right here a photographer can stand fairly close, safely, and shoot down on the bank maybe 20 feet (6 m) away.

Congress In Session, Alligator - click to enlarge
Congress In Session, Alligator – click to enlarge
Congress In Session, Alligator - click to enlarge
Congress In Session, Alligator – click to enlarge

Above there are 2 Alligators, one is almost fully submerged. In this shallow water digging through the mud chases out hidden prey.

I anticipate a few good ‘group sessions’ before the water rises again.

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