Tag Archives: Alligator

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

Juvenile Alligator Blending In

The stripes on a young Alligator provide camouflage in a variety of environments, and this youngster in the dark water littered with dried pine needles blended right in.

Juvenile Alligator Swimming
Juvenile Alligator Swimming, About 18 inches, 45 centimeters, long

Working against him, and how I knew he was there before I saw movement, is that the little ones tend to chirp. I didn’t see mama, but I’m sure she wasn’t far off.

Juvenile Alligator Swimming
Juvenile Alligator Swimming

I had startled a Great Blue Heron on this bank as I approached. I’m sure the bird was keenly tuned into this being a possible lunch.

Juvenile Alligator Swimming
Juvenile Alligator Swimming

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
November 14, 2021

The Spoonie Tree, Slowly It Tilts

How low can it go before it falls?

Roseate Spoonbill Landing in the Spoonie Tree
How the Spoonie Tree Got Its Name (October 2020)

First, a throw back to two years ago… changing water levels in the pond worked to carve out the earth under the roots. Alligator action might have played a role, too.

The Spoonie Tree
The Spoonie Tree June 2019

The smaller branches long gone, some kind of vegetation hid the base over this past summer.

The Spoonie Tree, September 19
The Spoonie Tree, September 19, 2021

At the beginning of October:

The Spoonie Tree, October 3
The Spoonie Tree, October 3, 2021, Roseate Spoonbill up top, Alligator below the tree, right

A couple of weeks later that cavity beneath the tree had collapsed.

The Spoonie Tree, October 17
The Spoonie Tree, October 17, 2021, An Alligator visible at the base of the grass

I’m hoping the tree will stay around even after it collapses¬† to serve as a perch for the wading and water birds.

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC

Make Way: Alligator Coming Through

I was watching a Little Blue Heron wander along the side of a pond when another movement caught my eye.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron Watching Alligator Pass
Juvenile Little Blue Heron Watching Alligator Pass

An Alligator climbed up out of the pond and plopped down in the middle of the path.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron Watching Alligator Pass
Juvenile Little Blue Heron Watching Alligator Pass

The heron just didn’t know what to make of it.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron Watching Alligator Pass
Juvenile Little Blue Heron Watching Alligator Pass

Back and forth he paced while the Alligator basked in the late afternoon sun.

Juvenile Little Blue Heron Watching Alligator Pass
Juvenile Little Blue Heron Watching Alligator Pass

Finally, he’s leaving!

Juvenile Little Blue Heron Watching Alligator Pass
Juvenile Little Blue Heron Watching Alligator Pass

Where’d he go?

Juvenile Little Blue Heron Watching Alligator Pass
Juvenile Little Blue Heron Watching Alligator Pass

The Little Blue Heron wasted no time following the Alligator down the bank into the marsh.

Alligator Getting Attention

A profiling Alligator caught my attention as I passed by.¬† I couldn’t hear any growling or other noise, but kept my eye on him. He might have been eating something or just showing off.

Alligator Profiling
Alligator Profiling

The action was all over in a few seconds, and that was the end of the excitement.

Two Alligators in Pond
Two Alligators in Pond, Ashley River in Background

At least from my viewpoint. It’s hard to know what, if anything, either Alligator was thinking.

Alligator in Pond
Alligator in Pond