Tag Archives: South Carolina

Shy Alligator

I took a few shots of this guy as he went by. Then I waited. He looked to have a purpose.

Shy Alligator
Shy Alligator

He did.

Shy Alligator
Shy Alligator

As the water filled with floating grasses he started to climb on.

Shy Alligator
Shy Alligator
Shy Alligator
Shy Alligator

Of course he sunk right down, he weighed probably 500 pounds.

Shy Alligator
Shy Alligator

And that’s where he stayed. Half in, half out.

I fall for this every time.

On A Cypress, Great Egret

When I have the opportunity to photograph these birds with a dark background I’ll always go for the shot.

The contrast is what I am trying to capture.

On A Cypress, Great Egret
On A Cypress, Great Egret

Of course it doesn’t always come out like I think it should.

On A Cypress, Great Egret
On A Cypress, Great Egret

However when it does I think it tends to be of a portrait than wildlife image.

 

Alligator In A Rice Field

A large number of the South Carolina coastal marshes were once rice fields. Rice, unless wild from a long time ago, is long gone.

However, the Alligator is still there. An old approximate ‘guess’ by the state was around 100,000.

Alligator In A Rice Field
Alligator In A Rice Field

The large ones are out in far marshes like this. But smaller ones can be found in any fresh water pond.

Alligator In A Rice Field
Alligator In A Rice Field

These photographs are from another recent day when things were quiet and I walked down to catch some ‘gator shots’.

Alligator In A Rice Field
Alligator In A Rice Field

This one was moving around slow by the ‘trunk’ that lets water flow out to the tidal marsh. It’s usually an easy place for them to fish.

ACE Basin, South Carolina.

 

Watching The Children, Alligator

It’s the little ‘chirping’ sounds that give them away every time.

Watching The Children, Alligator
Watching The Children, Alligator

Usually you can’t spot the very young ones without their noise, and movement. This group was very young, probably no more than a few weeks old.

Watching The Children, Alligator
Watching The Children, Alligator

I counted five, but there could have been twice as many in the weeds. They were only about 6 – 7 inches long.

Watching The Children, Alligator
Watching The Children, Alligator
Watching The Children, Alligator
Watching The Children, Alligator

Alligator is the only reptile that will stay with young after they hatch.  I’m sure the female was near though I never did see her.

Watching The Children, Alligator
Watching The Children, Alligator

For now they are the prey not predator. They need protection for at least a year, but stay near ‘mom’ for around three years.