Category Archives: Alligator

Alligator Waiting

Very big, and very patient.  We were on the dike top, and he wanted the spot. Nothing very complicated. They will just wait…

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Alligator Waiting – Click To Enlarge

The image above was taken at 200 mm.

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Alligator Waiting – Click To Enlarge

This photograph I knelt down and pulled the lens back to the minimum of 150 mm.

He was close, as you can see by the grass, but never had any thought other than to just wait.

Respect, and don’t be stupid ! That rule works for both.

Oh, and don’t go near any babies. That falls under the stupid rule.

Alligators In The Morning

They must be early risers. These big guys.

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Alligators – Click To Enlarge

Most of the time we find the average size, and age, Alligators. Maybe 5 to 6 feet (1 1/2 – 2  meters) and 6 years old, a nice size to photograph.

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Alligators – Click To Enlarge

Larger ones, twice the average size are around and we see them often, mixed with the usual suspects.

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Alligators – Click To Enlarge

On this day we never did see anything but the big guy’s. Oh yeah, we heard them too.

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Alligators – Click To Enlarge

Which I admit is creepy. Walking in a marsh with high reeds means you want to see them…not some strange loud grunty / groan from the brush.

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Alligators – Click To Enlarge

 

The Buddy System

One goes for the photograph, the other keeps watch. Then they switch. Obviously it’s not a perfect system if the reeds / grasses are high. I’m sure neither could see large Alligator right below.

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The Buddy System, Alligator – Click To Enlarge

If he turned around I’d tell them, after I got the shot.

Another flaw in the system is having 3 people. Someone is always without a look out. Like here.

Met During A Walk, Alligators

I see them all the time, I grab a photograph all the time. Some are dramatic, others not so much. No matter, it’s an Alligator !

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Met During A Walk, Alligators – Click To Enlarge

This one moves back and forth between an old pond and the river. He has a little trail and tries to sneak by. It probably worked a few years ago.

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Met During A Walk, Alligators – Click To Enlarge

The standard shot, big guy sprawled out warming up.

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Met During A Walk, Alligators – Click To Enlarge

Maybe a 3 year old. This one is still small enough to hide on trail / path sides and not be noticed. His head is up and feet planted firmly, ready to jump in the water if there’s a danger.

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Met During A Walk, Alligators – Click To Enlarge

And last, the big one lurking. When they get close to the bank, with the algae and branches it’s easy to walk right by. No matter how close.

There should be about 3 more months of activity before they find places to hide from colder weather. They don’t hibernate but do sleep (who knows where) for long periods.

How Big Is Big, Alligator

Under water it’s hard to tell. However… here the end of his nose, just above the water, was over a foot away from his eyes. Now I know why EJ kept waving at me and pointing down.

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How Big Is Big, Alligator – Click To Enlarger

This one probably moves between the rivers and marsh nightly.

An average adult American alligator’s weight and length is 360 kg (790 lb) and 4.0 m (13.1 ft). So this one, a few feet off the dike, is just an average run of the mill guy.

Good to know.

 

Rice Field Alligator

This was about the least exciting Alligator I have seen in a long time.

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Rice Field Alligator – Click To Enlarge

As far as I know, this was the extent of his activity for the day.

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Rice Field Alligator – Click To Enlarge

Right before the hurricane all the rivers and marshes were running high, and fast.

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Rice Field Alligator – Click To Enlarge

It was like he was sitting in a whirlpool tub, and enjoying every minute of it.

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Rice Field Alligator – Click To Enlarge

Or…he knows it’s Alligator season and he is in a protected area.