Category Archives: Reptiles

Gathered Around

The Cormorants were content drying their wings on the Alligator ramp as a murky sun warmed the afternoon. A Great Blue Heron came along and disrupted their peace.

Gathering Spot
Great Blue Heron coming in, Cormorants holding their territory

The Cormorants did not surrender their ground despite some posturing from the Great Blue.

Gathering Spot
Great Blue Heron puffed up

An Alligator popped up to see what was happening as I continued along my walk.

Gathering Spot
Great Blue Heron, Cormorants, and Alligator

Alligator Parade

One by one and without a sound or a ripple of the water these three Alligators swam out from a side canal into the main one that circles the old rice field.

Alligators
Alligators

And then there were four.

Alligators
Alligators

A sepia treatment makes the scene a little more creepy. Not sure of their intended direction we moved back down the dike towards the road so we wouldn’t get cut off if they came ashore.

Alligators
Alligators

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A Better View

Upside down to us, but an easy position for the Anole. I didn’t realize what a long tail this one had until I was developing these photos.

Anole
Anole  – click on photo for larger view

Agile bug catchers, I suspect he was waiting for lunch to fly by.

Anole
Anole  just hanging out – click on photo for larger view

Alligators Do Like to Pose

Everybody had a spot, at least for a minute. The younger Alligators shift around more than the big adults, maybe because they are used to getting pushed off the platform by their elders. Or a big turtle.

Alligators
Alligators and a Turtle head – click photo for larger view

At the other end of the pond I found another pair posing, being watched by a third in the water.

Alligators
Alligators – click photo for larger view

This is the first group seen from the side, with a yet another Alligator climbing on the ramp for a spot in the sun. The duck weed was clinging to them all.

Alligators
Alligators and Turtle – click photo for larger view

Alligator In The Soup

“Everyone has to eat.” Lots of folks I meet at the swamp say this as we watch nature’s stories unfold, but they don’t want to see the birds be lunch.  Birds that fly low over the Alligators may get snatched, chicks sometimes fall out of the nest or get pushed out by a more aggressive bird, and then there are those that are in the water on purpose, including Ducks and Anhinga.

This Alligator had his sights on an Anhinga that was swimming looking for his own lunch. With the duckweed cover over the water they must search based on their prey’s movement –there can’t be much light getting through.

Alligator Looking for Lunch
Alligator Looking for Lunch – click photo for larger view

He started out with a dash, legs churning the water. Then he plunged, stirring up the duckweed, looking a bit like a pea soup explosion. There is no doubt these creatures can move with speed when they want.

Alligator Looking for Lunch
Alligator Looking for Lunch – chasing Anhinga under water- click photo for larger view

After a lengthy time submerged he popped back up and floated in place. I did not see the Anhinga again, nor any chewing so I’m thinking the bird got away.

Alligator Looking for Lunch
Alligator Looking for Lunch- click photo for larger view

Then a turtle swam by with just his head sticking up and the Alligator followed him to the trunk of this tree. The turtle disappeared around the back of the tree, seemingly unaware of his follower or perhaps incapable of doing anything about it.

Alligator Looking for Lunch
Alligator Looking for Lunch- click photo for larger view

When I left the spot the Alligator had turned to have a view of the nearby tree with multiple Anhinga and Egret nests–just in case.

Alligator Looking for Lunch
Alligator Looking for Lunch – click photo for larger view

5/17/2017