Tag Archives: Juvenile

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

Armadillo Quadruplets

Referred to as pups, baby Nine-banded Armadillos almost always come in fours. The fertilized egg breaks into four identical zygotes, yielding quadruplets.

Juvenile Armadillo Quintuplets
Juvenile Armadillo Quintuplets, Just off the boardwalk

No adult was to be seen supervising this quartet of constant movement. They nurse for two to three months then gradually venture off on their own.

Juvenile Armadillo
Juvenile Armadillo, Standing up

Insects, larvae and other food found on or in the ground make up the Armadillo’s diet.

Juvenile Armadillo
Juvenile Armadillo

This fellow shows off his claw and snout, the tools used to maximize his grazing.

Juvenile Armadillo
Juvenile Armadillo

Francis Beidler Forest, SC
July 9, 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

Twin Lambs and a Single

Last year the first one lamb at Middleton Place was born April 7th so I was somewhat surprised when I stopped by on Monday, March 14th and was told “any day now.” I didn’t get back until Thursday, to find a single had been born on Tuesday and a set of twins arrived just that morning.

Twin Lambs, Born March 17
Twin Lambs, Born March 17

The twins were finishing up feeding when I got there and almost immediately collapsed into sleep.

Twin Lambs, Born March 17
Twin Lambs, Born March 17

The older one was more adventurous, spending some time under the shelter.

Single Lamb, Born March 15
Single Lamb, Born March 15

Then she checked out her new mates.

Single Lamb Checking Out The Twins
Single Lamb Checking Out The Twins

I look forward to photographing them as they grow, and hopefully in better light.

Single Lamb
Single Lamb

The twins having a look around.

Twin Lambs and Mama
Twin Lambs and Mama

Middleton Place BarnYard, Charleston, SC
March 17, 2022

 

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

Juvenile Alligator Passing By Another

It is common for female Alligators to have multiple age youngsters in her care, which may include some hatched from other nests as well as her own. These two from a pod that included three ages/sizes are a good example.

Alligator on the Move
Alligator on the Move

I stayed focused on the moving Alligator, wondering if there was going to be some action.

Alligator on the Move
Alligator on the Move

There was not; the moving Alligator just plopped down. In addition to seeing the size difference in their heads, you can see the smaller Alligator’s tail just under the larger one’s chin.

Juvenile Alligators Sunning
Juvenile Alligators Sunning

Sunning Juvenile Alligators

Most of the water was let out of this pond earlier this summer leaving a narrow depression of water and a nice edge for young Alligators to enjoy the morning sun.

Juvenile Alligator Sunning
Juvenile Alligator Sunning, 3 to 4 feet long ( 0.9 to 1.2 meters)

A few more were milling around in the water.

Juvenile Alligators Sunning
Juvenile Alligators Sunning

And a few more were in the reeds on a little raised island. I didn’t see the mother but know she wasn’t far off.

Juvenile Alligators Sunning
Juvenile Alligators Sunning

Based on the location and territorial habits of Alligators these are likely some of the youngsters I photographed last fall, seen here stacked up around their mother.

Alligator Mother and Young
Alligator Mother and Young, October 2020

Juvenile Anole And a New Lens

With my interest in dragonflies and following Mike Powell’s blog (MichaelQPowell.com/) Ted was sure I needed the Tamron 180mm macro lens.

Who was I to argue? He found a used one for sale and it arrived today.

Juvenile Anole
Juvenile Anole

One of my first subjects was a very young Anole on our patio.

Juvenile Anole
Juvenile Anole

This is my first non-image stabilized lens and it will require some practice.

Juvenile Anole
Juvenile Anole

Lambs On The Run

I arrived at Middleton Place this morning just as the flock of Gulf Coast Sheep was to be let out of their pen.

Flock of Sheep Coming Out of Pen
Flock of Sheep Coming Out of Pen

Yesterday was the first time the lambs had been allowed to roam so this was their second trip out into the big world.

Lambs, Second Time Out of Their Pen
Lambs, Second Time Out of Their Pen

The lambs were all in on the adventure, following along, zooming ahead and just having fun.

Lambs and Ewe, Second Time Out of Their Pen
Lambs and Ewe, Second Time Out of Their Pen

There are seven lambs belonging to four mothers, one single, three sets of doubles.