Tag Archives: Alligator

Gallinule Passing By

A few Common Gallinules were walking around in this shallow water at the edge of a pond, quietly minding their own business.

Common Gallinule and Alligator
Common Gallinule and Alligator

Gallinules are known for making a vocal fuss, but while I was watching this scene they were quiet.

Common Gallinule and Alligators
Common Gallinule and Alligators

Hard to say if Alligators pay any attention to when birds vocalize; I’ve seen them respond to movement around them but not just noise.

Common Gallinule and Alligators
Common Gallinule and Alligators

These Alligators never moved.

Alligators
Alligators

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC
October 24, 2022

Alligators Everywhere

The Alligators took advantage of the exposed mud as water drained out of the the big rice field pond.

And they found their way into a number of my wading bird images.

Wading Birds and Alligators
Wading Birds and Alligators
Wading Birds and Alligators
Wading Birds and Alligators
Snowy Egret Flying By Alligator
Snowy Egret Flying By Alligator

A wider view of the interior of the pond–all of those reeds are due to be burned off as soon as wind conditions are right.

Wading Birds and Alligator
Wading Birds and Alligator, The Alligator’s crawl path zigzagging across the mud

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC
October 24, 2022

Everyone Has A Spot

The Snowy Egret and the Spoonbill took a break from harassing each other while the Great Egret was doing his own thing.

The Spoonie Tree:
The Spoonie Tree: Snowy Egret Roseate Spoonbill and Great Egret, Alligators at the base

A closer look at the Alligators: it was warming up and they were looking for sunny spots out of the water.

Alligators Below the Spoonie Tree
Alligators Below the Spoonie Tree

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
October 16, 2022

Alligators, Doing Their Thing

And their thing isn’t much, or wasn’t on this day. This fellow was just hanging out at the edge of the pond.

Alligator In The Weeds
Alligator In The Weeds

Not really a photobomber because it’s not so easy to see, but there is a Belted Kingfisher sitting on the stick at the center top of the image as the Alligator glided by.

Alligator Crossing The Pond
Alligator Crossing The Pond, Belted Kingfisher on the stick

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, Charleston, SC
August 27, 2022

 

Lone Roseate Spoonbill in the Spoonie Tree

The Spoonie Tree is still standing, and a single Roseate Spoonbill was perched there on my last visit.

Roseate Spoonbill In the Spoonie Tree
Roseate Spoonbill In the Spoonie Tree, Alligator on the hummock to right of Pokeberry

I took a walk down the dike and an hour later he was still there, and still alone.

Roseate Spoonbill In the Spoonie Tree
Roseate Spoonbill In the Spoonie Tree

Just checking things out.

Roseate Spoonbill In the Spoonie Tree
Roseate Spoonbill In the Spoonie Tree

Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, SC
September 14, 2022

Snowy Egret Fishing on the Fly

This canal runs along side an old rice field impoundment and on this morning it was hopping with little fish.

Snowy Egret Fishing on the Fly
Snowy Egret Fishing on the Fly

A Snowy Egret was showing off how to catch breakfast while keeping your wings dry.

Snowy Egret Fishing on the Fly
Snowy Egret Fishing on the Fly

They swallow as they go so it’s hard to say if he was successful.

Snowy Egret Fishing on the Fly
Snowy Egret Fishing on the Fly

Let’s try this again…

Snowy Egret Fishing on the Fly
Snowy Egret Fishing on the Fly

Drag your toes in the water… then a face plant…

Snowy Egret Fishing on the Fly
Snowy Egret Fishing on the Fly

Then liftoff!

Snowy Egret Fishing on the Fly
Snowy Egret Fishing on the Fly

The Alligator was just a bonus.

Snowy Egret Fishing on the Fly
Snowy Egret Fishing on the Fly

Bear Island Wildlife Management Area, SC
September 14, 2022

Juvenile Alligator With a Prize

I’m not sure if this juvenile Alligator knew there was a treasure ahead, or if he had just wandered out of the pond.

Juvenile Alligator
Juvenile Alligator

But, once he got closer there was no doubt.

Juvenile Alligator
Juvenile Alligator

Even after studying these images I have no idea what the “treasure” is.

Juvenile Alligator With Snack
Juvenile Alligator With Snack

The alligator gave it a shake…

Juvenile Alligator With Snack
Juvenile Alligator With Snack

and beat feet!

Juvenile Alligator With Snack
Juvenile Alligator With Snack

August 26, 2022
Cypress Gardens, Moncks Corner, SC