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Alligator Crossing

A fellow photographer motioned to me that there was something down over the bank. That motioning wasn’t at all specific, nor alarmed. I was hoping for a Barred Owl, which we had heard earlier.

Alligator Crossing Road
Alligator Crossing Road

No, it was a pretty big Alligator on the move.

Alligator Crossing Road
Alligator Crossing Road

I backed up, and more and more Gator came through the underbrush.

Alligator Crossing Road
Alligator Crossing Road

With my 100-400MM lens at 100MM I could not get the entire beast in my frame.

Alligator Crossing Road
Alligator Crossing Road

As expected the Alligator went straight across the road and dropped into the pond.

Alligator Crossing Road
Alligator Crossing Road

I found out later was that this is a mama Alligator and she had been seen moving young hatchlings into the pond.

Alligator Crossing Road
Alligator Crossing Road

Alligator and Grebes

I spotted these two on a collision course. The Alligator wasn’t making a wake but he was moving.

Alligator and Grebe
Alligator and Grebe

The Grebe’s buddy popped up and between them they  had more curiosity than the Alligator.

Alligator and Grebes
Alligator and Grebes

A few minutes later I saw another Alligator drifting along. It was a warm day, in the 60s (15 to 18 C), with more Alligator activity for December than you might expect.

Alligator
Alligator

Alligator Nursery

These images were taken in the same tidal inlet as my post All Stacked Up, Alligator Mother and Young.

Juvenile Alligator With Swamp Sunflowers
Juvenile Alligatora With Swamp Sunflowers

It is probably the same family as mother Alligators are very territorial.

Juvenile Alligator with Swamp Sunflowers
Juvenile Alligator with Swamp Sunflowers

The tide was in and the juvenile Alligators were having some swim practice.

Juvenile Alligators With Swamp Sunflowers
Juvenile Alligators With Swamp Sunflowers

I didn’t see mamma, but you can be sure she wasn’t far off as the youngsters explored.

Juvenile Alligators With Swamp Sunflowers
Juvenile Alligators With Swamp Sunflowers

This last fellow was working on his “just floating” pose.

Juvenile Alligator
Juvenile Alligator