Two Alligators were visible in the canal that runs around an old rice field at Donnelley Wildlife Management Area. Taken September 13th, we are starting to see some changes to fall colors.
I heard this young Alligator chirping at the edge of a duckweed covered pond. I’ve seen juveniles in this area off and on over the summer and suspect they are now around six months old and about 2 feet (60 cm) long.
From there he headed out into the pond, using his full body and tail to propel forward. I didn’t hear any more chirping and didn’t see any siblings. Or mama.
Then he made a 90 degree turn.
Finally he straightened out and headed for the other side of the pond, leaving a squiggly trail in the thick duckweed behind him.
The greens seem more intense in some places as we head into fall. This Alligator slid from the walking path into the water as I approached, then bobbed up in the duckweed as I passed by.
The sun was up but stubbornly hiding behind a cloud, the birds were a bit far and the water was kind of crinkly, but the company was perfect.
Sunday morning, Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC.
It was hot. One loan Alligator was visible getting some float time.
August 4, 2020
From the still wet duckweed you could tell this young Alligator had recently climbed out of the pond.
I hadn’t spotted him until I was right up to him. I backed up to get a view of him threaded through the Cypress Knees.
And back a little more to capture the whole pond-side scene.
I had been watching this Alligator as he floated in the water with his full back sticking up. Usually just see the head is out of the water unless they are actively using their tail to swim. He was staying in place.
I suspected he might be profiling, basically showing off, to either impress a female or warn off other males. And wham, he smacked the water with his head.
Expecting more, I waited, but that was it. There are dozens of large Alligators in this immediate area and evidently they were not impressed.
of the photographer.
This image goes with Ted’s post at TPJ Photo, Mud Gator, which could have been titled “Why Did The Alligator Cross the Road?”
I digress. Ted and I have pretty much given up on alerting the other to photography opportunities when we are out but I turned when I heard him call my name. This is what I saw:
Alligators take casual swims around this pond, often looking for a sunny spot to get out of the water. After some heavy rains they have less places to choose.
I liked the mottled reflections of the trees in the pond, dissected by the passing Alligator.
Lines and more lines of an Alligator, a dead branch, lots of vegetation and all of their reflections.
An Alligator was passing by a Cypress tree on a slow afternoon swim.