Category Archives: A Watering Hole

Mom Is Still Around, Alligator

These shots are from our second meeting with the female and her ‘crew’. She tends to be in the same general area surrounded by young of different ages.

Mom Is Still Around, Alligator
Mom Is Still Around, Alligator

There were less young around, maybe a dozen, and all of similar size. Maybe some older ones have moved on.

Mom Is Still Around, Alligator
Mom Is Still Around, Alligator
Mom Is Still Around, Alligator
Mom Is Still Around, Alligator

She watched us close but never once made a threatening move. She really didn’t need to, she’s intimidating enough.

Mom Is Still Around, Alligator
Mom Is Still Around, Alligator
Mom Is Still Around, Alligator
Mom Is Still Around, Alligator

I don’t know how many breeding females are around here. Not sure I want to know considering how many little ones she has.

He Didn’t Like Me Following, Alligator

At first he was swimming along as I walked on the dike, keeping pace with me. In a bit the tables turned and I kept up with him looking for a different angle in the photographs.

He Didn't Like Me Following, Alligator
He Didn’t Like Me Following, Alligator

I think it confused him.

He Didn't Like Me Following, Alligator
He Didn’t Like Me Following, Alligator

At some point he stopped and and watched me, wondering what was going on.

He Didn't Like Me Following, Alligator
He Didn’t Like Me Following, Alligator

Tired of the game he left. I did get a little more than a bobbing head shot though.

 

What’s Worse Than Stepping On A Hornet Nest

You don’t want to step in the middle of this…

Pile O Gator
Pile O Gator

Two weeks ago I found ‘Mom’ with over 30 young ones. There were far less the other day when I spotted her, however some may have been in reeds or moved off on their own.

This was a ‘Pile O Gators’.

Curiouser And Curiouser

Appears like they always need to know what is going on.

Curiouser And Curiouser
Curiouser And Curiouser

I was minding my own business photographing a landscape. Swam over to check me out.

Curiouser And Curiouser
Curiouser And Curiouser

When they do this there’s no intent other than to float around and watch. Once you figure out what they are actually doing it’s pretty funny.

In A Shallow Marsh, Little Blue

While moving to catch up with a few Spoonbills I stumbled on this Little Blue.

In A Shallow Marsh, Little Blue
In A Shallow Marsh, Little Blue

While not the best day for photography the colors were on display in a few of the shots.

In A Shallow Marsh, Little Blue
In A Shallow Marsh, Little Blue

In A Shallow Marsh, Little Blue
In A Shallow Marsh, Little Blue

Most times the different shades, especially the magenta neck feathers, all look to be a dark slate blue.

In A Shallow Marsh, Little Blue
In A Shallow Marsh, Little Blue

In A Shallow Marsh, Little Blue
In A Shallow Marsh, Little Blue

 

Mom Must Be Tired (3)

The third article of a series, Tired Mom.

Mom Must Be Tired (3)
Mom Must Be Tired (3)

The image above shows the smaller members of the ‘Alligator Clan’. The larger young in article 2 (click here to view) were on the other side of the water, in those reeds. If you view this image full size you can spot them in the taller grass in the background.

Mom Must Be Tired (3)
Mom Must Be Tired (3)

Based on their size I would guess about 1 year old.

Mom Must Be Tired (3)
Mom Must Be Tired (3)

Above is Mom resting on the far side of this small stream.

Mom Must Be Tired (3)
Mom Must Be Tired (3)

The last image here is of a few smaller ones that were closest to me. If you have read the other 2 previous articles you can see why the exact count of her young was never determined. Too many, too active.

 

 

Mom Must Be Tired (2)

This is a continuation of the ‘Tired Mom’ series.

Mom Must Be Tired (2)
Mom Must Be Tired (2)

I had written the young Alligator were everywhere, this is just one spot along the water line. Heads, legs, tails, all over.

Mom Must Be Tired (2)
Mom Must Be Tired (2)

Mom was watching, but not much more.

Mom Must Be Tired (2)
Mom Must Be Tired (2)

Mom Must Be Tired (2)
Mom Must Be Tired (2)

Hard to believe but there may have been twice as many between this group and me. They will published in the next set. Pretty amazing.

 

Mom Must Be Tired (1)

I’ve seen Alligators with their young, but not like this.

All I can say is…poor Mom. There were kids everywhere.

Mom Must Be Tired (1)
Mom Must Be Tired (1)

She must be very protective. We were just watched, very closely, but no problems. However she has kept a large number safe.

Mom Must Be Tired (1)
Mom Must Be Tired (1)

Above is a one year old hanging around near Mom.

This will be a multi article series. There were too many different places and types of her young to be in one post.

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