Category Archives: A Watering Hole

Like An Old Movie, Alligator

I had been working on a series of black and white images for a project and when complete made one more. The images were all completed based on a template I created. This insured everything was uniform.

The template was applied to the Alligator photograph here. After a few tweaks I decided I like it.

Like An Old Movie, Alligator
Like An Old Movie, Alligator

Reminds me of the old 1950’s jungle movies that were popular back then.

At The Trunk, Alligator

When out on a dike, and I see some flow to the water, moving quietly to a trunk can bring some great photo ops.

Any flow in a marsh means somewhere a trunk (water gate) is open letting water move between different areas. Fish move with the open streams too. Fish eaters follow fish.

At The Trunk, Alligator
At The Trunk, Alligator

This particular trunk is on a bend in a dike road. With luck nothing sees you when you (try) sneaking in. This was filled with Alligators, and yes one with his head up looking at me.

Not sneaky enough I guess.

At The Trunk, Alligator
At The Trunk, Alligator

When I got closer another one hidden on the bank slipped in the water and swam away from me. He may be 2 or 3 times the size of me but they still don’t like people.

I’m OK with that.

It’s A Parade, Wood Storks (And Friends)

I think the marshes were at their lowest point when I shot these. The food, and the predators, were in close quarters.

Moving between watering holes was just like a parade.

It's A Parade, Wood Storks (And Friends)
It’s A Parade, Wood Storks (And Friends)

Most of the time there is a hierarchy, size wins. Speed became more important.

It's A Parade, Wood Storks (And Friends)
It’s A Parade, Wood Storks (And Friends)

The Storks were still in charge, hard to compete with those long legs.

It's A Parade, Wood Storks (And Friends)
It’s A Parade, Wood Storks (And Friends)

The Spoonbill move pretty quick too, and the Storks don’t intimidate them.

It's A Parade, Wood Storks (And Friends)
It’s A Parade, Wood Storks (And Friends)

Of course there’s always one that makes their own rules.

It's A Parade, Wood Storks (And Friends)
It’s A Parade, Wood Storks (And Friends)

Why not fly in? Good question. Wading birds almost always walk around if it’s not a long distance.

Look Out, Crash Landing, Spoonbill

A typical Spoonbill landing, pick a spot and take it. Pretty much ‘Look Out Below’.

Look Out, Crash Landing, Spoonbill
Look Out, Crash Landing, Spoonbill

When a big bird is dropping on top of them a hole opens up quickly.

Look Out, Crash Landing, Spoonbill
Look Out, Crash Landing, Spoonbill

None seem to get upset about it. Just the way things are done.

Look Out, Crash Landing, Spoonbill
Look Out, Crash Landing, Spoonbill

Out And About, A Marsh

Sometimes I get groups of photographs shot as we walk that grouped together tell a nice story, or paint a picture, of the area we are in. These fall under that category.

While  traipsing around a few dikes I just randomly captured some scenes around me.

Out And About, A Marsh
Out And About, A Marsh
Out And About, A Marsh
Out And About, A Marsh

The images above are common scenes lately, low water and critters crowded together. Spoonbills always look a little too close, but I’ve never seen one get caught.

Out And About, A Marsh
Out And About, A Marsh

The edge of this marsh was like a NYC beach. Bodies everywhere. They moved back and forth from the thick grasses to the water. Getting a count was impossible.

Out And About, A Marsh
Out And About, A Marsh

In more than one spot the Alligators were lined up like a parade.

Out And About, A Marsh
Out And About, A Marsh
Out And About, A Marsh
Out And About, A Marsh

The pooling due to lowering water levels meant small fish were trapped together. These Spoonbills knew it and and charged all around (and in between) Alligators getting to them.

Out And About, A Marsh
Out And About, A Marsh

This day not many Herons or Egrets were around the bigger ponds.

Even a slow day out here is an adventure, I’ll take Spoonbills and Alligators any time.