Follow the noise, when it’s loud and from different locations there will be great photo ops.
And there were.
The local above was loud, profiling, and either looking for a mate or trouble. But he was not the one I was looking for. He was the one being ‘called out’ by a gator much closer to me. He was just answering the call.
If he wasn’t so worked up and loud I never could have seen him. But he poked his head up out of the marsh and growled. This was the one that seemed to have started all the trouble.
An Alligator ‘profile’ is when they push their head, and tail, into the air and growl. It’s really a deep vibrating drawn out groan.
All the others in the area were answering back. I’m not sure how many but I did manage to photograph three I could spot.
April thru June is mating season and frisky gators are common.