Category Archives: Alligator

A Few Images Of Locals, Alligator

I could call these the lazy mans photographs. Unlike some of the other animals there are times Alligators are just there waiting for a camera (or so it seems).

A Few Images Of Locals, Alligator
A Few Images Of Locals, Alligator

What could be better on a cloudy, rainy day.

A Few Images Of Locals, Alligator
A Few Images Of Locals, Alligator

A simple but interesting critter accommodating me.

A Few Images Of Locals, Alligator
A Few Images Of Locals, Alligator

 

A Sample Of The Marshes We Shoot

Few people get to see a scene like this, I’m out there and I don’t always get this. Best viewed full screen to see the details.

The photograph was taken facing one of the dikes out in an old rice field. The steep bank isa  side of this old dike and you can walk this for a long way.

A Great Blue Heron is on the dike, another below to the right in the water.

A Sample Of The Marshes We Shoot
A Sample Of The Marshes We Shoot

This is fall so the reeds are down and the color more brown than anything. On the bank below the dike is a large Alligator sleeping.

And of course easily seen are the White Pelicans swimming by.

The immediate surrounding wildlife areas are over 350,000 acres. That is like a small country.

However, just today I read the other connecting public/private wildlife lands now are approximately 1,000,000 acres. Yep, one million.

 

An Old Friend, Alligator

I bumped into an old friend the other day.

An Old Friend, Alligator
An Old Friend, Alligator

An elder statesmen out in these marshes. Not the largest, but after a certain size and number of years it’s all relative. Not many argue with him.

Old Alligators will eventually have scars, wounds, and like here distinctive markings. He has appeared in numerous photographs on this web site over the last few years.

An Old Friend, Alligator
An Old Friend, Alligator

I suppose it should seem odd to me, actually recognizing animals like this. Yet it doesn’t.

And that’s the oddest of all.

Abort ! Abort ! , Egret And Alligator

The plan here could have been better. At least the flaw was discovered in time. But it was pretty funny to see.

This Great Egret was flying low, onto a marsh island in a nice glide.

Abort ! Abort ! , Egret And Alligator
Abort ! Abort ! , Egret And Alligator

Suddenly the bird leaned back and started to frantically flap his wings.

Abort ! Abort ! , Egret And Alligator
Abort ! Abort ! , Egret And Alligator

I think that was about the time I spotted the Alligator too.

Abort ! Abort ! , Egret And Alligator
Abort ! Abort ! , Egret And Alligator

The poor bird had some really good forward motion going, so stopping was not happening in an instant.

Abort ! Abort ! , Egret And Alligator
Abort ! Abort ! , Egret And Alligator

He was flapping hard though.

Abort ! Abort ! , Egret And Alligator
Abort ! Abort ! , Egret And Alligator
Abort ! Abort ! , Egret And Alligator
Abort ! Abort ! , Egret And Alligator

He was able to pull up short and touch down without crashing landing on top of an Alligator.

But I have to wonder… why not pull back up and fly over him. A lot less stress.

Another case of you never know what you may see out there.

Even Alligators Must Eat Fast

When it comes to food all the rules get broken.

Even Alligators Must Eat Fast
Even Alligators Must Eat Fast

The Alligator had a crab, the Heron wanted some.

Even Alligators Must Eat Fast
Even Alligators Must Eat Fast

So did another Alligator.

Even Alligators Must Eat Fast
Even Alligators Must Eat Fast

If you look close, another Heron was coming in too.

Click any image for a full view.

I wasn’t in an ideal spot for these shots but unless this Alligator finished fast, and went under water, things would get interesting.

The Gator didn’t get this big being dumb, he ducked under real quick and was gone.