Tag Archives: Alligator

Catching Fish, Alligator

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.

Catching Fish, Alligator - click to enlarge
Catching Fish, Alligator – click to enlarge

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.

Catching Fish, Alligator - click to enlarge
Catching Fish, Alligator – click to enlarge

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On Having A Backup Camera Near

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.

On Having A Backup Camera Near - click to enlarge
On Having A Backup Camera Near – click to enlarge

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.

On Having A Backup Camera Near - click to enlarge
On Having A Backup Camera Near – click to enlarge

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.

On Having A Backup Camera Near - click to enlarge
On Having A Backup Camera Near – click to enlarge

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 Saw A Mountain, It Moved

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.

It was.

I Saw A Mountain, It Moved
I Saw A Mountain, It Moved – click to enlarge

The mountain moved. To be precise the mountain turned and looked at me. So yes, it got interesting.

I Saw A Mountain, It Moved
I Saw A Mountain, It Moved – click to enlarge

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.

Quick Getaway, Alligator

I spotted this just as it happened and so had no time for any setup. Focus to shoot, hope for the best.

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Quick Getaway, Alligator – click to enlarge

The smaller Alligator decided last minute it was best not to climb over the big guy. I saw the hesitation, and the sudden jump in the air.

It’s always fun to watch the flow of an Alligator ‘flopping’ into the water.

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The 2 left sunning themselves didn’t move a muscle or even acknowledge anything had happened.

Strange Swimming, Alligator

As I am working through Alligator photographs I noticed something I’ve never seen before. Their front ‘paws’ outstretched while swimming.

Strange Swimming, Alligator - click to enlarge
Strange Swimming, Alligator – click to enlarge

Multiple animals did this.

All the Alligators were large and there were other large ones up close to them. It might have been a way to ‘feel’ another nearby or under the surface.

It makes me wonder though. Another Alligator might grab them. I know there are ones missing limbs here.

A new, curious, behavior.

Odd Shot, Wrong Gear, Alligator

I was looking down and twisted like a pretzel trying to get this shot.

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Odd Shot, Wrong Gear – click to enlarge

I had the camera with a long lens in my hand and I just knew this would be a great image.

Not so much, but interesting none the less.

The Alligators were about 6 – 8 feet below (2.4 m). I was on the wooden gate photographing about 35 Alligators feeding at the same time.

I switched gear right after this to use a backup camera with landscape type lens. I needed a wide angle to catch the scene.

A Wide Shot On A Marsh, Alligator And Egret

I always like these wide, serene shots with a little wildlife thrown in. They should be simpler than they look. Most times the final photograph is not as good as what I had in my head.

A Wide Shot On A Marsh, Alligator And Egret - click to enlarge
A Wide Shot On A Marsh, Alligator And Egret – click to enlarge

Images like these fall flat far too often. I think these came out OK, but that may be due to the ‘floating head’ at the bottom.

A Wide Shot On A Marsh, Alligator And Egret - click to enlarge
A Wide Shot On A Marsh, Alligator And Egret – click to enlarge