While I was photographing the Alligators feeding most of their catch were tiny fish. There were some crabs and larger fish and these I tried to shoot. I was not always successful unfortunately.
However this Alligator came up from under the open dike with a nice catch.
Because this was a large Alligator the others that were close did not make any attempts at stealing the fish. The mid-sized Alligators took whatever they caught and left the area fast. No meal time etiquette here.
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If you walk around with a big pack, second camera, and vest full of stuff you are a ‘photo nerd’, even in the boonies.
I did carry all that, and almost still do. The difference is a keep it in a sling in the car (if the car is in sight or safe).
Below is why I went back to having a second camera handy.
All these images were taken between 75 mm – 130 mm . Pretty much a portrait lens. My usual long lens will not shoot closer than 150 mm. These were not in focus on that lens. I was much too close. A feeding situation with 30 – 50 Alligators only happens maybe once a year, so missing the opportunity is not good.
These Alligators were feeding, and arguing, just off the bank of a marsh dike. I stood on the dike a little above (6 – 8 feet) and out of reach.
Almost makes me want a smaller mirrorless camera as backup. Ellen (PassingByPhoto.com) uses a Sony with several portrait lens. For now I’ll keep a older Canon DSLR, I know how to use it.
I noticed 2 Alligators, around 5 feet (1.5 m), with a huge pile of black mud between them. Different enough to get a shot since it might be interesting.
The mountain moved. To be precise the mountain turned and looked at me. So yes, it got interesting.
Above is what I saw from a distance. His big ‘back end’ looked like dark mud.
Just an FYI for other photographers. If you have a camera that shoots fast continuous, like 10-12 a second, it’s louder than you think to wildlife. The ‘S’ option might come in handy around big guys like this. It is silent, just slower. I gamble, but that’s just me.
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This ‘super sized’ guy slipped away and I never did see him again.