Three sizes of Alligator taking some sun on a recent warm day.
In the old westerns when you heard that you knew there was trouble lurking.
These Yellow-bellied sliders have little to fear, at least from this Alligator.
The middle board that runs the length of this Alligator ramp is drooping, giving an odd peak at the right Ali gator’s chin.
I rounded the corner to the swamp and saw a Great Egret standing quite close to the edge.
I maneuvered to get a better vantage point. It was windy and Spanish Moss was dangling between us. He flew off before I got the angle I really wanted.
Most of the time when I see an Alligator in the water it is just the head, but sometimes when one is swimming to get somewhere the length of its body sticks out of the water.
This one was swimming like he had somewhere to go and even though there wasn’t great light on him there was a lovely reflection of a cloudy sky in the pond.
He did duck down under the duck weed and popped back up in a fully shaded spot with even more vegetation on his head.
I heard the crunching and knew from the Alligator’s raised head and tail position he was eating something.
They were close enough to be in the same frame, but I did not get both the Alligator and Green Heron in focus.
The Green Heron was going about his business, picking small snacks from between the water plants and the Alligator paid no attention.
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.
I did have to stop for this nearly perfect reflection opportunity even though there wasn’t much light.
Capturing Dragonflies in flight is not easy. Their small size and erratic flight path is hard to follow. For some reason this one was hovering for an extended period of time just over the edge of the pond.
I was able to get decent focus and a photobomber.
I watched this Alligator swimming deliberately towards the ramp. He circled underneath and then headed for the low end.
I’ve seen, and documented, Alligators climbing onto a ramp before so I was pretty sure what was coming next.
With a heave his head and neck were out of the water.
And in one motion he smoothly propelled onto the ramp.
He started to flail a bit and I thought he might not make it.
He persisted and one of his back legs caught the edge.