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Alligator, Hidden And Hunting

The title is a good description of what was happening here. This swamp now has 2 types of floating vegetation. The green Duck Weed and a new plant named Mosquitoe Fern.  Combined it makes for a thick cover.

Alligator, Hidden And Hunting - click to enlarge
Alligator, Hidden And Hunting – click to enlarge

Alligators looked to be avoiding the area, but that didn’t last long. Young Wood Ducks are here also.

Alligator, Hidden And Hunting - click to enlarge
Alligator, Hidden And Hunting – click to enlarge

I watched this Alligator slowly circle the small islands and Cypress Trees working towards the duck area.

Alligator, Hidden And Hunting - click to enlarge
Alligator, Hidden And Hunting – click to enlarge
Alligator, Hidden And Hunting - click to enlarge
Alligator, Hidden And Hunting – click to enlarge

The ducks are still here, but the Alligator floats around like a log. That’s how it works here.

Alligator, Hidden And Hunting - click to enlarge
Alligator, Hidden And Hunting – click to enlarge

Alligator Crawls By

This is a series of photographs that were taken with no real thought or even a reason. At best I was a little surprised the water was so shallow, I could see him trying to touch bottom.

Alligator Crawls By - click to enlarge
Alligator Crawls By – click to enlarge

I was hoping for something to happen other than a 5 foot (1.5m) gator in some muck. It’s digital and my camera shoots fast so leaned over and grab these images.

They are in a gallery for easier large viewing, because of the small mystery. The last 2 photographs seem to show the scales of an Alligator back, under water. The position could not have been the one I was shooting. Another Alligator under the water?

It’s hard to see, and maybe it is part of his tail, or even just green muck. I wish I had kept shooting for just a few more images.

 

 

I thought We Had Reached An Agreement, Alligator

This teenager was in the exact wrong spot. He took over the entire trail and was facing into the wetlands, not the water.

The only reason it mattered was a couple from out of town were hiking and really had to get down this trail. If you are from away, a 3 foot (1m) Alligator in your path, with open jaws, can cause some concern.

I thought We Had Reached An Agreement, Alligator - click to enlarge
I thought We Had Reached An Agreement, Alligator – click to enlarge

To help I walked up to the gator, did the foot stomp and shuffle, finally a clap, and got his attention. A low hiss, but he turned around and headed towards the water, a peaceful resolution.

I thought We Had Reached An Agreement, Alligator - click to enlarge
I thought We Had Reached An Agreement, Alligator – click to enlarge

I was a little too close for a full shot here.

I thought We Had Reached An Agreement, Alligator - click to enlarge
I thought We Had Reached An Agreement, Alligator – click to enlarge

Above you can see he did turn and move the other direction. However, he took about 3 stubby little steps, lay down, fell right back asleep.

The good news, he pulled his tail up so no one stepped on it walking by.

Another ‘you can’t make this stuff up’ moment.

Suddenly Full Alert, Heron, Alligator

In an instant this Little Blue went from sitting quiet to being aware of danger.

Suddenly Full Alert, Heron, Alligator - click to enlarge
Suddenly Full Alert, Heron, Alligator – click to enlarge

There was nothing to hear, probably just enough movement to get his attention.

Suddenly Full Alert, Heron, Alligator - click to enlarge
Suddenly Full Alert, Heron, Alligator – click to enlarge

An Alligator had been slowly circling around the Cypress for some time. Very young Wood Ducks with no adults are here.

Even being out of the water this Little Blue Heron knows enough to keep aware of Alligators. He feeds here too.

Random Images From A Typical Day

I don’t want to give the wrong impression of our ‘safaris in the swamps’. This is not the 1920’s and we are not old time explorers.

Cars, dirt roads, public access, and a little walking the boonies.

Random Images From A Typical Search - click to enlarge
Random Images From A Typical Search – click to enlarge
Random Images From A Typical Search - click to enlarge
Random Images From A Typical Search – click to enlarge

Dirt roads and wildlife management areas will make up most of the hot summer months.

Random Images From A Typical Search - click to enlarge
Random Images From A Typical Search – click to enlarge

There are thousands of acres of marsh lands and swamps that can be reached by ‘roads’. The car takes a beating, and at the end there is still walking, but it takes miles off the trip. This is tropical heat so any help is great.

Above is a wooden trunk, or water gate, separating¬†marshes. This allows for controlling water levels between tidal, fresh water, and even old rice fields. This is the same design used here in the 1800’s. BTW: if you enlarge the image above there is a Little Blue Heron sitting in the trunk.

Random Images From A Typical Search - click to enlarge
Random Images From A Typical Search – click to enlarge
Random Images From A Typical Search - click to enlarge
Random Images From A Typical Search – click to enlarge

This is also where the ‘real’ Alligators live. Not the smaller city cousins. Recently an albino Alligator was spotted near here. The other larger ones took him as a threat and it wasn’t pretty. A reminder to shoot just a little further out here.

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Random Images From A Typical Search – click to enlarge
Random Images From A Typical Search - click to enlarge
Random Images From A Typical Search – click to enlarge

As the breeding season ends many of the birds will make their way back to these marshes for food. Above are Snowy Egret’s flying low and grabbing small fish.

There are days we go out and find very little. I’m not thrilled that day, but there is still an amazing number of things to see out there.

At My Feet, Alligator

The colors here make this a decent Alligator shot. I especially like how the gators eye is so clear. Also it’s hide is still in that shaded and colorful stage.

At My Feet, Alligator - click to enlarge
At My Feet, Alligator – click to enlarge

And yes, he was down close right in front of me. And no, it was not a big Alligator. Juveniles like to lay along the banks hidden. Small fish and other prey wander by.

Always A Good Subject, Alligators

They are usually around, only disappear if you get too close (which you try not to), and are always interesting.

Always A Willing Subject. Alligators - click to enlarge
Always A Willing Subject. Alligators – click to enlarge

The one above was taken at mid day, in the heat. Everything is hunkered at that time. This one was hiding from the heat along the marsh bank. I knelt down and caught him watching.

Always A Willing Subject. Alligators - click to enlarge
Always A Willing Subject. Alligators – click to enlarge
Always A Willing Subject. Alligators - click to enlarge
Always A Willing Subject. Alligators – click to enlarge

The first one above did his best to ignore me. The last one, end of day, moved past giving me absolutely no thought. I was not worth his time LOL.