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Alligator Profiling, Making A Statement (#2)

This is what you get when one Alligator decides to ‘profile’, growl, and claim territory. An answer. The first article (click here to view) displayed a large male starting the whole thing.

Alligators answered his challenge all around the marsh, including this one close by that I had not even seen.

Alligator Profiling, Making A Statement (#2) - click to enlarge
Alligator Profiling, Making A Statement (#2) – click to enlarge

I was under one of the few trees, in the shade. This one I guess was just down the bank a little ways, getting shade too.

Alligator Profiling, Making A Statement (#2) - click to enlarge
Alligator Profiling, Making A Statement (#2) – click to enlarge

His response was pretty loud, scared this poor Redwing right out of the brush.

I don’t think he was aware of me either since as soon as I moved to get a better angle he came towards us.

Alligator Profiling, Making A Statement (#2) - click to enlarge
Alligator Profiling, Making A Statement (#2) – click to enlarge

I have seen this before, it is instinct. A competitor called out, he came towards movement. Pretty simple. It didn’t help that other Alligators around were still profiling loudly.

Click, or double tap, any image below to view the gallery.

I had to lean out over the water to get this last shot, the Alligator was done now… forgot all about the calls. There was a poor Night Heron sitting a short distance from this Alligator. He never moved a muscle, froze in place. He was still there when we moved away.

Alligator Profiling, Making A Statement (#2) - click to enlarge
Alligator Profiling, Making A Statement (#2) – click to enlarge

 

Working His Way Over, Alligator

The first photograph was just a quick shot, the 2 together were interesting.

Working His Way Over, Alligator - click to enlarge
Working His Way Over, Alligator – click to enlarge

I was paying attention else where but glanced back.

Working His Way Over, Alligator - click to enlarge
Working His Way Over, Alligator – click to enlarge

He was slowly ‘floating’ over. The Egret was not new around here, you can tell by the birds posture. It was a half hearted attempt by the Alligator anyway. Both moved on.

Alligator Profiling, Making A Statement (#1)

Most times you hear them. If you also get to see this, you certainly remember it. An Alligator will profile when he is looking for a mate, or a fight. Mating season is past, so this big guy was claiming territory.

Alligator Profiling, Making A Statement - click to enlarge
Alligator Profiling, Making A Statement – click to enlarge

Any place else he lets out a few loud, deep growls (again you will remember) and it’s over. I don’t know what set him off, but the big marshes at Donnelley WMA is not the place to be getting all feisty.

Alligator Profiling, Making A Statement - click to enlarge
Alligator Profiling, Making A Statement – click to enlarge

When an Alligator is serious they bounce a little, arch their back, and throw their head way up while growling loud.

Alligator Profiling, Making A Statement - click to enlarge
Alligator Profiling, Making A Statement – click to enlarge

It suddenly got very loud. Every other big guy started to call him out. Some near him, some near me, heck, some behind me. Sounds travels here.

It’s true that the water can vibrate from their deep growling.

Additional articles will be added ASAP, we have many photographs to finish from this.

 

 

The Edge Of A Marsh, Alligator

Each of these photographs were taken along the banks of a marsh. For no particular reason except that as I walked on the side I could easily turn and shoot.

The Edge Of A Marsh, Alligator - click to enlarge
The Edge Of A Marsh, Alligator – click to enlarge
The Edge Of A Marsh, Alligator - click to enlarge
The Edge Of A Marsh, Alligator – click to enlarge

Not every day are there bright and wonderful scenes to capture. There are times ‘bumpy heads’ are what you’ve got.

The Edge Of A Marsh, Alligator - click to enlarge
The Edge Of A Marsh, Alligator – click to enlarge
The Edge Of A Marsh, Alligator - click to enlarge
The Edge Of A Marsh, Alligator – click to enlarge
The Edge Of A Marsh, Alligator - click to enlarge
The Edge Of A Marsh, Alligator – click to enlarge

If I remind myself there were days up north with absolutely nothing to shoot…I’m more then happy to photograph these guys.

Even Doing Nothing They Are Interesting, Alligator

Perhaps someday I will grow out of this, but I find Alligators make great images, even where there isn’t one.

Even Doing Nothing They Are Interesting, Alligator- click to enlarge
Even Doing Nothing They Are Interesting, Alligator- click to enlarge

A big bumpy head hiding in all the greens.

Many times I am working on photographs and spot one I never knew was there.

On A Mission, Alligator

At first I had no idea what was flying through the water. This small ‘critter’ was fast moving, hidden by tall grasses. Immediately I though ‘beaver’, instinct. Up north that would have been a good call…not so much here. They don’t last long in these waters.

On A Mission, Alligator - click to enlarge
On A Mission, Alligator – click to enlarge

Small, and smart, gator. He won’t last long here either if he doesn’t move fast.