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I had Company, Alligator

So, I made the turn and there he was. Soaking up some of the heat.

This trail is wide and he wasn’t all that big. He did have someone further down past him a bit stumped though.

I had Company, Alligator
I had Company, Alligator

Right here a ‘nature train’ may drive past with visiting tourist from the old planation up the road. He would move for that.

I’m not something that concerns him. He probably grew up with that tram and the ohh’s and ahh’s of out of town visitors.

I had Company, Alligator
I had Company, Alligator

He watched me, I watched him. I walked by, he fell back asleep.

 

Alligators In Cane (1)

A slow dark day always gets better when we spot the alligators on this trail. Young ones feel safe here (under 3 feet).

Alligators In Cane
Alligators In Cane

The drainage trenches were cleared this year giving us about 10 feet (3 meters) of open space. Enough that most gators stay around and just watched the silly humans pass by.

Alligators In Cane
Alligators In Cane

Babies are common here, above are 3 small ones. The size difference says they were from different hatchings. You can find them by listening for soft continuous chirping.

Alligators In Cane
Alligators In Cane
Alligators In Cane
Alligators In Cane

Early on I switched to a wider lens when I saw how many were crowding around.

Alligators In Cane
Alligators In Cane

Some of the wider shots from the Tamron 18-400 really needed more light than was available. It’s a trade off given the huge focal lengths available.

These photographs were from the start of a trail and just picked in order from the file, which is why I added the (1) to the title. I’m sure there are others to be published as I catch up.

ACE Basin, South Carolina.

A Big Mom, Alligator

Her location suggests a ‘Mom’ hanging with youngsters. But she was big.

Female Alligators usually are no larger than 8 feet (2.5 meters), she was probably right about that size.

A Big Mom, Alligator
A Big Mom, Alligator

This was taken in the area we call the ‘nursey’. This is a large marsh and wooded area maybe 2 miles (3.2k) from the rice fields and open water marshes.

Smaller Alligators, and their females, are not very safe there. That’s home of the ‘super sized’ guys. Females might travel down here and have nests nearby.

A Big Mom, Alligator
A Big Mom, Alligator

The edges of this marsh have been dredged out, now areas are deeper. Still there are young ones everywhere you look.

This day was dark and cool so we walked here for something different.

 

Hiding In The Shadow, Owl

It’s a Barred Owl so in the darker shadow is no surprise.

However he was sitting far from the crayfish pond in a totally different location. Walking through the old bamboo they love I noticed the familiar ‘football’ in a tree.

Hiding In The Shadow, Owl
Hiding In The Shadow, Owl

The trails there are a bit of a maze with low branches.  But ultimately the spot was very photogenic so I shot a little wide.

Charleston, South Carolina.