I stopped to take this shot about a week ago. The Heron rookery we visit is just behind the tree line. This spot will be filled with small wading birds in a month. For now it is quite and peaceful.
I’ve seen them walk in water deeper than this, but it does not seem safe. Prime Alligator spot.
This is theory only, and all mine. However I think it makes sense.
Recently, since the weather warmed up, the trails have more Alligators in the way. That’s 100 % normal, except it’s not just the ‘teenagers’ anymore.
The photograph above is not a small gator, and he is almost blocking the trail, and…he is not leaving.
Teenagers are less than 3 feet (91.5cm). They grow a foot a year until around 3, then they start the change to a ‘grownup’.
My theory is they still act like they did when younger, and small guys always hang out on the trails.
Now they are big but still want to hang out. The other day for the first time I had to turn back, I was completely out numbered by the big guys.
A little later I barged through as usual, but this time I paid more attention to them. Wow, I think they’re taking back the swamps!
I’ve never seen a Wood Duck with a top knot like this one has. That things is huge !
The lady nearby was impressed too.
Someone please explain how this can happen.
This year looks to belong to the White Ibis. They are common, and seeing them is not unusual, except the numbers of them.
At first I assumed a larger flock (these captured here) was passing through the swamps.
However, a few weeks ago we watched huge flocks out in the larger marshes. I have read there are less Ibis in Florida, which always has gazillions. Perhaps the past storms have changed the habitat somewhat.
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It just seems wrong to not grab a photo when they sit and pose like this.
Photographed in a location that will give a back lit image just about every early spring evening.
Typically these shots will have a golden glow, and it’s nice. But I wanted something a little different.
Above is the same filter strength as all the others, either a cloud or sun dropped enough at that moment to change the light.