Category Archives: Alligator

Morning Photos From A Swamp

Rather than a theme or specific subject I decided to post a few random photographs from this mornings walk. We got off to a late start due to the ongoing damp/dull sky, and the more critical need of milk for the coffee. A quick supply run then a swamp visit.

First is a White Ibis that popped out of some swamp muck and walked along with me for a while. Either they panic and run or stroll with you. They tend to mumble to themselves too.

Morning Photos From A Swamp
Morning Photos From A Swamp

Next a Red-shouldered Hawk. One of many this morning. This swamp is a breeding area for them. They also don’t appear to be as territorial as I would have thought. They pair up yet seeing a few at the same time is common. This year especially.

Morning Photos From A Swamp
Morning Photos From A Swamp

A Yellow-rump Warbler flashing his ‘butter butt’. Once again there were flocks around the swamp edge. Today no clear shot though, which is more normal than the last few days.

Morning Photos From A Swamp
Morning Photos From A Swamp

Further along I found another Red-shoulder. This one was further off the trail. As usual facing way to allow the quick get away if needed.

Morning Photos From A Swamp
Morning Photos From A Swamp

As we were heading out the cold blooded critters were starting the daily warm up routine. Below one of the bigger locals and his turtle friend grabbing the best dry spot.

Morning Photos From A Swamp
Morning Photos From A Swamp

I did see plenty of small birds in the thickets. They didn’t make it easy for me today and I just can’t stand there and wait them out.

I’m still fumbling a little with the new OM System gear but it’s getting easier and I don’t miss as many opportunities. I have been using Canon 7D2’s since 2014 so now I have to ‘think’ again LOL.

Not Luxury Accommodations, Alligator

The other day I published some new ‘luxury accommodations’ for Alligators. These shots are of the usual ramps available.

In the dark and damp they look even worse!

Not Luxury Accommodations, Alligator
Not Luxury Accommodations, Alligator
Not Luxury Accommodations, Alligator
Not Luxury Accommodations, Alligator

Click here to view the previous post.

Considering someone needs to paddle out in a small metal row boat with a bunch of boards, posts, and a hammer, it’s a wonder any are around.

Luxury Accommodation, Alligator

Wooden ramps in the swamps area favorite napping spot for Alligators. Many near me have started to rot away and disappear after being around for years.

Someone replaced one in a newer cleared out area in this swamp. The new one is not just any old ramp, no… it’s like a float you might find in a public park or lake.

The big guys love it !

Luxury Accommodation, Alligator
Luxury Accommodation, Alligator

What a great idea 😁.

When next summer comes this could turn into a floating circus πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. I might need to get out my travel stool and park myself right here. High drama potential for sure.

Bunch A Gators

As always a story here, here the Alligators are the story.

On this morning last week they just seemed to be a little more curious, active, and in general more of them. Moving around I went for a shot of any gator that offered (a clear) one.

Each one below was simply paddling around being an Alligator. However we are very lucky to be able to casually create this ‘rogues gallery’ on the fly.

Bunch A Gators
Bunch A Gators
Bunch A Gators
Bunch A Gators

I started shooting when we had enough light, continuing until lunch time. And this is just a few images.

Bunch A Gators
Bunch A Gators
Bunch A Gators
Bunch A Gators
Bunch A Gators
Bunch A Gators
Bunch A Gators
Bunch A Gators