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.
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.
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This Roseate Spoonbill had just taken off from a small group and was making a turn to land on the banks of the rice fields. One problem, I was already there.
When I was sighted a quick plan B went into effect.
A return back to where the flight started.
It’s always nice to get a head on photograph that’s decent. All these wading birds are so then they disappear when shooting straight on. Even if you can see something the camera still can’t find anything to focus on.
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.
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.
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.
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.