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Basking In His Reflection: Alligator

An Alligator frequently occupies this spot in one of Magnolia Plantation’s garden ponds. I had stayed out on the dike longer than I had intended on this afternoon and it was nearly sundown when I headed for my car.

Alligator and Reflection
Alligator and Reflection

I did have to stop for this nearly perfect reflection opportunity even though there wasn’t much light.

Alligator and Reflection
Alligator and Reflection

Alligator Climb

I watched this Alligator swimming deliberately towards the ramp. He circled underneath and then headed for the low end.

Alligator Swimming to Ramp
Alligator Swimming to Ramp

I’ve seen, and documented, Alligators climbing onto¬† a ramp before so I was pretty sure what was coming next.

Alligator Swimming to Ramp
Alligator Swimming to Ramp

With a heave his head and neck were out of the water.

Alligator Climbing onto Ramp
Alligator Climbing onto Ramp

And in one motion he smoothly propelled onto the ramp.

Alligator Climbing onto Ramp
Alligator Climbing onto Ramp

He started to flail a bit and I thought he might not make it.

Alligator Climbing onto Ramp
Alligator Climbing onto Ramp

He persisted and one of his back legs caught the edge.

Alligator Climbing onto Ramp
Alligator Climbing onto Ramp

Success!

Alligator on Ramp
Alligator on Ramp

Swimming In The Green

The tide was high and the pond was full which means the water near the trunk that connects the pond to the Ashley River was nearly still. This Alligator left the coveted spot near that movement for an exploratory swim.

Alligator Swimming Through Duckweed
Alligator Swimming Through Duckweed, Shadow of the trunk on the duckweed

He was moving pretty fast at first, with the Duckweed piling up in front of him, like he had a destination in mind.

Alligator Swimming Through Duckweed
Alligator Swimming Through Duckweed

I’ve wondered what Alligators see as they swim, their line of sight easily obstructed by objects that don’t look like much when seen from above.

Alligator Swimming Through Duckweed
Alligator Swimming Through Duckweed

Slow Bird Day at Donnelley

A Snowy Egret was striking a pose on a pylon overlooking a full creek. This was about the only wading bird activity I saw on this trip.

Snowy Egret on Pylon
Snowy Egret on Pylon

The water was very high on both sides of the dike leaving the “Spoony Tree” standing in water. The pond level was too high for wading birds to feed.

The Spoonie Tree
The Spoonie Tree with Anhinga and Great Egret

For comparison here is the tree a couple months earlier when there were some Spoonbills around and a few Alligators lounged in the shallow water. The dirt around the roots has washed away and the tree appears dead. It won’t be a surprise to find out this tree has fallen over.

The Spoonie Tree
The Spoonie Tree with Cormorant and Roseate Spoonbills, Alligators lounging below

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
First two images: 6/18/2019
Third image: 4/18/2019