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Pushy Bugger, Alligator

OK, this is an article with a large number of photographs. Don’t let that put you off, it’s a funny and interesting story. He really was a ‘pushy bugger’.

Pushy Bugger, Alligator
Pushy Bugger, Alligator

The following images are in order of our ‘encounter’. And really it started like any other, nothing special.

Below is PB (pushy bugger) and he was floating close to the bank in the corner of this swamp. He was pushing around in the weeds catching whatever his nose bumped into. Typically young gator feeding and he looked to be a couple of years old.

Pushy Bugger, Alligator
Pushy Bugger, Alligator

I took a few shots and stepped to the edge.

Pushy Bugger, Alligator
Pushy Bugger, Alligator

So, PB turned and look, a surprise. His tail had been hidden and based on that curve my age guess was a little off, by at least 2 years. Still at around 4 feet (1.3 meters) I knew by standing above him on the bank I looked huge to him.

Pushy Bugger, Alligator
Pushy Bugger, Alligator

Above he turned some more, looked at me, and moved his head around fishing. You can see the water he has pushed around.

Oh my…

Pushy Bugger, Alligator
Pushy Bugger, Alligator

He put on a little speed and slipped right in front of me, the shot above looking straight down. I did notice he really wasn’t swimming either. His legs were long enough to touch bottom. Perhaps another miscalculation?

Pushy Bugger, Alligator
Pushy Bugger, Alligator

About now PB was facing me, almost on the swamp bank, doing what Alligators will do. Stare up at you and float around. However, his foot was not supposed to be reaching out… toward me and the bank.

Pushy Bugger, Alligator
Pushy Bugger, Alligator

The moment of truth. I’m not new at this. Apparently neither is he.

At this point my camera can only get the top of his head in focus, and I’m staring down through the view finder…not really looking. No good perspective.

He is staring (as you can see) up into the viewfinder. I want the shot, he wants my space. For the shot… he’s coming and I’m staying.

Pushy Bugger, Alligator
Pushy Bugger, Alligator

We both shifted at about the same time. He brushed past, I turned to keep him in focus.

Pushy Bugger, Alligator
Pushy Bugger, Alligator

As you can clearly see, he was completely intimidated by me.

Pushy Bugger, Alligator
Pushy Bugger, Alligator

So concerned he turned his back on me as he almost stepped on my toes. LOL

Pushy Bugger, Alligator
Pushy Bugger, Alligator

My new friend PB took perhaps 3 or 4 steps and found the sunny spot he wanted in the first place. He dropped right down to warm up. Alligators do love their sun.

We were both winners. He found a great sun spot, no one to bother him. I got a a nice series, and kept my toes.

All in all a good afternoon.

We Have A Problem, Alligator

This little bugger tried to pushed me around. And he surprised me, bigger than I thought he was. And a little too fearless.

We Have A Problem, Alligator
We Have A Problem, Alligator

In this image everything points to him being maybe 2 years old, maximum. Well, he has a baby face…

I need to work on his photographs, but he was funny, yet not.

Not dangerous, but just doesn’t care one single bit about me and made me get out of his way, almost stepped on my toe.

An Alligator Only Day

This photograph is from a day out that had a lot going on, but nothing ever published. The entire day of photography copied to a drive, and promptly forgotten.

It was a rare day where I shot not a single bird, landscape, none.

The entire day was taken over by Alligators. I walked down a long dike and they were all over.

An Alligator Only Day
An Alligator Only Day

I am going to revisit the images. I was sure this one had been published, but I can’t find it. This was one of my favorites from the day. ‘Wild Kingdom’ revisited.

Going My Way, Alligator

This is a decent size Alligator that I had a ‘meeting’ with. And no nothing of any danger at all. It was more about Alligator behavior than anything else.

Going My Way, Alligator
Going My Way, Alligator

The  local swam over to where I was standing. No hurry just a leisurely approach. The greenery above runs along the swamp bank, you can see he was close. What he wanted was my spot. It was dry and sunny.

I didn’t give it up right away, I took a few photographs. We both started to go in the same direction, me walking, him swimming next to me.

Going My Way, Alligator
Going My Way, Alligator

He stopped and watched me. I was paying no attention and grab a few more images like the one above.

Now the funny part. He slapped his tail down, just enough to make a small splash, and swam off in a huff.

Going My Way, Alligator
Going My Way, Alligator

He wanted a dry spot and I was just heading in the same direction on the bank. I think he was frustrated with me.

He could have turned around and went back to the first spot instead of getting all #@!&$ with me.

This may be the first time an Alligator had less patience than me.

Must Be Having A Good Day, Alligator

Hanging in the sun with a big smile, one of the locals.

I call these the ‘city gators’.

Must Be Having A Good Day, Alligator
Must Be Having A Good Day, Alligator

While they don’t live a life of luxury they do live close to people, know how to behave, and have lounge chairs around for their leisure.

Below is his ‘country cousin’.

Must Be Having A Good Day, Alligator
Must Be Having A Good Day, Alligator

The difference is pretty obvious, only one looks to be smiling. The other… not so much.