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In The Muck, Alligator

Two quick shots of locals just off the trail.

In The Muck, Alligator
In The Muck, Alligator

Above, I guess this one was digging in the mud on the swamps edge. Most times they push around with the side of their face. One of the few places not covered in scales are the lips. Being sensitive they can feel ‘things’ in mud.

In The Muck, Alligator
In The Muck, Alligator

The next is a typical ‘floating head’. Again just a few feet off the bank.

These are the kinds of photos I can’t pass up. The critter is sitting right there, and after all… it’s an Alligator.

Big Crab Gator Coming Over

I have two names for him. Crab Gator, or Chicken Gator. Neither are good because ‘never feed’ an Alligator. It’s the law and they will be euthanized, big fines too. It’s obviously not a good thing if big Alligators associate people with food.

This is a marsh spot that allows people to catch crabs with crab pots. There are huge Blue Claw Crabs here since they can live in brackish water.

Big Crab Gator Coming Over
Big Crab Gator Coming Over

Each time I pass by the biggest local swims right over quickly to check me out.

Big Crab Gator Coming Over
Big Crab Gator Coming Over

He is big, really big. I think he has figured out how to steal the crab bait, which is chicken. The crab fisherman may leave old bait in the water too. He knows and comes for it. This means he may not be afraid of people so I keep a good distance.

Big Crab Gator Coming Over
Big Crab Gator Coming Over

I have seen him walk by on the dike here but never got a photograph. I need space because he is bigger than the viewfinder with a long lens. Oh yeah, you only shoot him with a long lens.

 

Looking For Snacks, Alligator

When I first started to follow Alligators I never really thought about how they hunt for food. I just assumed it was see something, chase it, bite it, eat it.

While that’s true most of the time it’s much different. They splash, poke, and dig.

Looking For Snacks, Alligator
Looking For Snacks, Alligator

This Alligator was in front of me splashing around to see what he could scare up.

Looking For Snacks, Alligator
Looking For Snacks, Alligator
Looking For Snacks, Alligator
Looking For Snacks, Alligator

A few others were doing the same thing so I guess it was working.

Looking For Snacks, Alligator
Looking For Snacks, Alligator
Looking For Snacks, Alligator
Looking For Snacks, Alligator

They may be big animals, yet the amount of food needed is very little. A single pound (.5 kilogram) can be good for a week. Of course like the rest of us if they get something bigger it’s OK with them.

Looking For Snacks, Alligator
Looking For Snacks, Alligator

Once they find food, it’s back to their favorite past time… floating.

New Friend – Maybe , Alligator

In the first shot here I was about to be visited by local wanting this prime location. Several Alligators were moving around like I should leave the soft bank here to them. The grass is always greener…

If you look at right side of the photograph another (bigger)  ‘friend’ is lurking.

New Friend - Maybe , Alligator
New Friend – Maybe , Alligator

Anyway, there was a little confusion over just who was going to get to dig in the mud here.

New Friend - Maybe , Alligator
New Friend – Maybe , Alligator
New Friend - Maybe , Alligator
New Friend – Maybe , Alligator

My new buddy slipped between me and the other gator. Just floating in his path. It was obviously intentional too. Because he stopped right in front of us.

New Friend - Maybe , Alligator
New Friend – Maybe , Alligator

I don’t know what was so good there but a few quick shutter clicks and I left them to sort it out.

No harm was meant towards me, it was just a waiting game.

Shot at 150mm, relatively close but not too close.

Slipped By, Alligator

You would think something this big could not get by you without seeing him.

Well, he did.

I had watched him circle the edge of the salt marsh looking at the opening of ‘a gator trail’ and waiting for me to leave. The larger fresh water side is where they like to be.

Slipped By, Alligator
Slipped By, Alligator

I wanted the shot of a big guy walking across the dirt road. I waited, finally walking away, but turning constantly since I knew what he was doing.

I never saw him cross… the shot above is the same Alligator on the other side. When I wasn’t looking he ran over. I missed it completely.

Sneaky.