Tag Archives: Juvenile

Three Little Lambs, 3

I’ve now taken hundreds of pictures of the three little lambs investigating their world; here’s a selection from April 21st.

Three Lambs
Three Lambs

The moms know it is almost feeding time; the lambs — well two of them — have their interest piqued, too.

Three Lambs
Three Lambs

The lambs are now getting a share of their moms’ grain.

Three Lambs, Moms Eating Grain
Three Lambs, Moms Eating Grain

The lambs aren’t yet as diligent about getting their grain.

Lamb, Peaking Over Two Moms
Lamb, Peaking Over Two Moms

Just cute!

Lamb
Lamb

 

Single lamb was born on April 7th, and the set of twins was born April 9th.

 

Lambing Around

I visited the lambs at Middleton Place on April 17th and gave a chuckle when I saw this scene of the 9 day old cutie using snuggling up with mom.

Lamb Laying on Mother Ewe
Lamb Laying on Mother Ewe

A chuckle, not an outright laugh, because I could not spot the twin lamb.

Lamb Climbing on Mother Ewe
Lamb Climbing off Mother Ewe

After junior 1 settled on the ground for another nap I could just see another white tuft behind mom. Phew!

Lamb Using Mother Ewe As Pillow
Lamb Using Mother Ewe As Pillow

Junior 2 had been nestled in on mom’s other side.

Twin Lambs
Twin Lambs

She took a little stroll and it wasn’t long before they both hopped up to join her.

Twin Lambs and Ewe
Twin Lambs and Ewe

Three Little Lambs, 1

I’ve made numerous trips to see the sheep at Middleton Place over the last couple weeks, looking forward to the arrival of some lambs. May 5th was the official day the barnyard workers were giving for the four pregnant sheep in their care to deliver.

Finally, on May 9th, I found three lambs: one had been born on May 7th, and a set of twins had been born that morning.

Two Lambs with their Mothers
Two Lambs with their Mothers

The three lambs were pretty active and getting them all in one shot wasn’t happening. Notice the extra curly textured coat on the lamb on the right.

Two Newborn Lambs
Two Newborn Lambs

The families have been given a pen of their own, where they’ll stay for a few weeks. The rest of the flock spends nights in the pen on the left and days free-roaming the property; the Cashmere Goats are to the right.

Three Newborn Lambs
Three Newborn Lambs

The little ones mostly followed their own mother, legs a bit wobbly.

Newborn Lamb At Mother's Side
Newborn Lamb At Mother’s Side

They were also a bit curious about the humans watching them.

Newborn Lamb
Newborn Lamb

Alligator Nursery

These images were taken in the same tidal inlet as my post All Stacked Up, Alligator Mother and Young.

Juvenile Alligator With Swamp Sunflowers
Juvenile Alligatora With Swamp Sunflowers

It is probably the same family as mother Alligators are very territorial.

Juvenile Alligator with Swamp Sunflowers
Juvenile Alligator with Swamp Sunflowers

The tide was in and the juvenile Alligators were having some swim practice.

Juvenile Alligators With Swamp Sunflowers
Juvenile Alligators With Swamp Sunflowers

I didn’t see mamma, but you can be sure she wasn’t far off as the youngsters explored.

Juvenile Alligators With Swamp Sunflowers
Juvenile Alligators With Swamp Sunflowers

This last fellow was working on his “just floating” pose.

Juvenile Alligator
Juvenile Alligator

All Stacked Up, Alligator Mother and Young

A mother Alligator will stay around her young for two to three years; the juveniles are on their own to eat but she will ward off predators. They often can be seen piled on each other, probably to control temperature and some sense of protection when they are very young.

Alligator Family
Alligator Family

They all appeared to be ignoring us but you can see the “king of the hill” opened his eyes between my first and second shots.

Alligator Mother and Young
Alligator Mother and Young

You can easily pick out five juveniles above, there were three or four down by momma’s tail, and I’m sure more we couldn’t see in the grass.

Alligator Mother and Young
Alligator Mother and Young

Just based on my observations I’d say these are around six months old.

Leaving a Trail

I heard this young Alligator chirping at the edge of a duckweed covered pond. I’ve seen juveniles in this area off and on over the summer and suspect they are now around six months old and about 2 feet (60 cm) long.

Young Alligator in Weeds
Young Alligator in Weeds

From there he headed out into the pond, using his full body and tail to propel forward. I didn’t hear any more chirping and didn’t see any siblings. Or mama.

Young Alligator Swimming Through Duckweed
Young Alligator Swimming Through Duckweed

Then he made a 90 degree turn.

Young Alligator Swimming Through Duckweed
Young Alligator Swimming Through Duckweed

Finally he straightened out and headed for the other side of the pond, leaving a squiggly trail in the thick duckweed behind him.

Young Alligator Swimming Through Duckweed
Young Alligator Swimming Through Duckweed