Tag Archives: Alligator

American White Pelicans, Late In Season

We were surprised to find American White Pelicans at Donnelley on May 15, thinking they had long flown north for the summer.

American White Pelicans
American White Pelicans

A dozen or so were around the pond and a few paddled closer, occasionally feeding but mostly just bobbing around.

American White Pelicans
American White Pelicans

An Alligator paddled by, too; they ignored him.

American White Pelicans
American White Pelicans and American Alligator

A wider view with the Pelicans moving towards the back of the pond.

American White Pelicans, Vultures in Spoonie Tree, Big Pond at Donnelley WMA

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
May 15, 2022

Juvenile Alligators

Young Alligators often perch on their mother’s body, maybe for safety or in this case a good sun patch.

Juvenile Alligator on Mother's Back
Juvenile Alligator on Mother’s Back

Bulls Island is a barrier island off the coast of South Carolina made of a series of ancient sand dunes that run parallel to the long ocean side. Over time fresh water sloughs have formed between the dunes, home to many Alligators.

Juvenile Alligator on Mother's Back, Two Others on Bank
Juvenile Alligator on Mother’s Back, Two Others on Bank

A closer view of the two duck weed coated youngsters on the bank:

Two Juvenile Alligators on Bank
Two Juvenile Alligators on Bank

Another juvenile found his own dry spot, complete with dappled sun.

Juvenile Alligator
Juvenile Alligator

April 1, 2022

Wading, Swimming, Lurking

The Great Blue Heron was wading, two American White Pelicans swam by, the Alligators were just hanging there. And just a flash of pink of a Roseate Spoonbill preening in the grass.

American White Pelicans, Great Blue Heron, Alligators
American White Pelicans, Great Blue Heron, Alligators, Roseate Spoonbill (way back)

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area
November 27, 2021