Sometimes the size of an alligator is hard to judge in a photograph. There is hardly anything to use as perspective. There is here. I purposely kept the cane, and piles of dry reeds in the shot. So yes, he was a big boy.
Again everything for a sense of size is included above. The image sides were cut for a 8×10 format. This was taken at 200mm, pretty short for wildlife.
For full disclosure; there is a small canal between us, I knew he would not slip away since we have met many times before, this is his favorite spot.
if you look close you can see him watching us, but obviously not with any great interest. We are pretty much just part of the scenery.
Taken as a Great Blue Heron dropped from the nest tree and quickly flew off. These were close enough to be shot with my long lens way pulled back.
The photo above was the first captured and surprisingly good. I find my first shot usually more of a ‘settle in’ than for accuracy.
Above, the bird moved into the light over water and I had a good focus on him, good bokeh behind, but a little bright. I did a quick split toning later on during processing to offset it (I never do that) and while it changed the feeling of the image I thought it OK. The heron still looks good and the change accented the bird.
I’m not sure how many of the turtles here are this species but most appear the same. I have read they grow up to 13 inches long. Compared to some of the locals here I have seen many larger than that. The alligators don’t even mess with them (look at his foot).
Since the large ones don’t get close, and are usually covered in ‘stuff’ I’m not sure how I can tell one from another.
Anyway, this one was clean and stayed on the log for his photo shoot. I obliged.