Tag Archives: Alligator

Alligators Floating in Rice Field Canal

Dikes run along both sides of this canal behind the lines of reeds. If you zoom in on the left you’ll see some dragonflies perched in the reed tops and some in the air. Many of my recent dragonfly images were taken from that dike.

Alligators Floating in Rice Field Canal, Great Egret Above
Alligators Floating in Rice Field Canal, Great Egret Above

Bear Island Wildlife Management Area, SC
August 29, 2021

Alligator Morning

Alligators were on the move early on this morning despite the morning heat. This water is a canal around an old rice field that sits at the edge of the South Santee River.

Alligator
Alligator

I intended to walk the dike but it wasn’t mowed so that was a non-starter with the tall grass harboring a gazillion mosquitoes and likely a few more Alligators. I plan to go back later in the fall or winter for another look.

Alligators in Canal
Alligators in Canal

Rice Field, Santee Coastal Reserve, SC
August 26, 2021

Juvenile Alligator Passing By Another

It is common for female Alligators to have multiple age youngsters in her care, which may include some hatched from other nests as well as her own. These two from a pod that included three ages/sizes are a good example.

Alligator on the Move
Alligator on the Move

I stayed focused on the moving Alligator, wondering if there was going to be some action.

Alligator on the Move
Alligator on the Move

There was not; the moving Alligator just plopped down. In addition to seeing the size difference in their heads, you can see the smaller Alligator’s tail just under the larger one’s chin.

Juvenile Alligators Sunning
Juvenile Alligators Sunning

Sunning Juvenile Alligators

Most of the water was let out of this pond earlier this summer leaving a narrow depression of water and a nice edge for young Alligators to enjoy the morning sun.

Juvenile Alligator Sunning
Juvenile Alligator Sunning, 3 to 4 feet long ( 0.9 to 1.2 meters)

A few more were milling around in the water.

Juvenile Alligators Sunning
Juvenile Alligators Sunning

And a few more were in the reeds on a little raised island. I didn’t see the mother but know she wasn’t far off.

Juvenile Alligators Sunning
Juvenile Alligators Sunning

Based on the location and territorial habits of Alligators these are likely some of the youngsters I photographed last fall, seen here stacked up around their mother.

Alligator Mother and Young
Alligator Mother and Young, October 2020

Alligators at Mill House Pond

After visiting the sheep one day last week I continued across Middleton Place to the Mill Pond where two Alligators were taking advantage of the afternoon sun.

Alligators at Mill House
Alligators at Mill House

The smaller one plopped down after a short walk across the berm.

Alligators at Mill House
Alligators at Mill House

I had intended to go past the Mill building, but diverted to the left on an Alligator-free route, stopping for a different view of the big fellow.

Alligators at Mill House
Alligator at Mill House Pond

Jumping Fish

Every time I’ve been to the pond where I’ve been photographing the damselflies and purple Iris this month the fish have been jumping. Of course every time I try to capture the action. Finally on April 17th I got one.

Jumping Fish
Jumping Fish

I have no idea what kind of fish, but they are large, at least a foot (30cm) long.

Splash of Jumping Fish
Splash of Jumping Fish

And they make a pretty good splash.

Splash of Jumping Fish
Splash of Jumping Fish

The Alligators don’t appear to follow them, but you can be sure they know where to look when they are hungry.

Alligator
Alligator