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Another Local, Alligator

I was really happy to see this big guy drift over. The morning was dark, damp, chilly, and really empty. I think I had walked the length of a dike and not seen a single thing close enough for a shot.

That doesn’t happen very often but when it does I immediately look for a local. Being chilly now they are going to be scarce too.

Another Local, Alligator
Another Local, Alligator
Another Local, Alligator
Another Local, Alligator

I was surprised to see this one due to the cold. Alligators will not eat if it’s cold out. Being cold blooded they don’t need food at these temperatures. Also they can’t digest anything if they did which is dangerous for them. So there was no need for him to be swimming around at all.

Another Local, Alligator
Another Local, Alligator

Later it warmed up and his relatives came out too. However, at the time I thought I might be going home empty handed.

Common Gallinule In The Reeds

A Common Gallinule, or chicken of the swamp, lives a dangerous life. They walk along and through the reeds and tall grass, exactly where Alligators thrive. And yet you see them everywhere out here.

Common Gallinule In The Reeds
Common Gallinule In The Reeds

This is a November day, and below is Gallinule chick. I guess this is why they survive so well. I don’t know of any other birds still having young.

Common Gallinule In The Reeds
Common Gallinule In The Reeds

Morning Marsh Scenes 11/2022

The morning I shot these photographs all my previously made plans failed, spectacularly. In short, up at 5, out the door quickly, sun in, fog out, even roads were closed.

Not having my wing woman I…  ‘winged’ it.

Things worked out since I had a second camera, some short lens, along.

Morning Marsh Scenes 11/2022
Morning Marsh Scenes 11/2022
  • Roseate Spoonbill slipped in low and dropped down into the reeds on the next dike.
Morning Marsh Scenes 11/2022
Morning Marsh Scenes 11/2022
  • Great Egrets became ‘bookends’ at the edge of a marsh.
Morning Marsh Scenes 11/2022
Morning Marsh Scenes 11/2022
  • And, always around to bail me out. Passing Alligator.