I was not quick enough for the first scene. Shocked me a bit actually.
Movement in the corner of my eye got my attention, I turned and watched the ground move, kind of slide into the water.
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Above are the ones that choose to stay on the land. I have no idea how many were in this group. I couldn’t fit them all into a single frame.
No more than a few minutes and some began returning. The smallest swam off into the cane.
Nearby wetlands are filled with reeds and cane. At least one female has a nesting site.
A single female will have an average of 20-60 eggs per nest. She will guard young for 3 years. Most don’t survive, still that’s a ‘Bunch O Gators’ !!!
Oh, I never spotted Mom.