A Hunting We Will Go (part 1)

by Camellia Staab February. 25, 2020 390 views

I’ve wanted to capture alligators for a long long time.

Not alligators residing at a zoo!

But alligators residing at an alligator resort, aka out in the wild.

I know there are alligators in Florida, but as many times as I’ve been there, I have never seen them in the wild. So when Don suggested I visit The Wetlands in Christmas,Florida, I jumped at the suggestion.

A forty four minute drive from Sanford Airport, lands one in The Wetlands Park. This park is made up of 1,650 acres of hardwood hammocks, marshes and scenic lakes.

"This large wetlands treatment facility uses aquatic plants to polish already treated wastewater before discharging it into the St. Johns River. This process prevents algae blooms in the St. Johns and provides a fertile habitat for all kinds of wildlife!" (source)

The park provides hiking trails, with opportunities for observing wildlife without causing disturbances. Hiking is, for the most part, on raised, exposed dikes. Our trek lasted approximately four miles giving me ample opportunity to take tons of photographs.

For the next couple of posts you will see tons of birds and of course.............

A-L-L-I-G-A-T-O-R-S!!

I really need to learn how to shoot flying birds. I don't seem to be able to focus and not shake while tracking flying birds. I know someone is going to say I need a tripod, but we all know tripods are such a hassle when you are traveling.

Drum roll please.......

ALLIGATOR!!

Love the drop on his beak

Love the drop on his beak

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Nancy Andrea D 4 months ago

Oh wow, lovely shots!

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Camellia Staab Replied to Nancy Andrea D 4 months ago

Thank you Nancy smile

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Jay Boggess 4 months ago

WOW! Great series!!! Thanks for your generosity!

smile+1

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Camellia Staab Replied to Jay Boggess 4 months ago

I am glad you enjoyed them smile

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Jay Boggess Replied to Camellia Staab 4 months ago

I did, indeed!
Thanks for sharing, so generously!

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Buster Bruce 4 months, 1 week ago

Nice set Camellia. I too have only seen the gators in the controlled environments. You have inspired me to visit this place as it so near our future home. I have however seen the Crocodile of Africa in the wild... but from afar. They scare the living baageebies out of me. More people have been eaten by Crocs at Lake Turkana than imaginable.

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Camellia Staab Replied to Buster Bruce 4 months, 1 week ago

I saw a video someone posted on Fb about a croc and a zebra, where the croc had the zebra almost taken care of until a few hippos came to its rescue. The zebra managed to get out of his predicament albeit with a broken leg, thanks to the hippos. Definitely a scary sight.

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Sherry Hill 4 months, 1 week ago

alligators is definitely on my bucket list too.. what an opportunity and gorgeous photos..

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Camellia Staab Replied to Sherry Hill 4 months, 1 week ago

Thanks Sherry. I was like a kid at the candy store. smile

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Antonio Gil 4 months, 1 week ago

I so love animal and nature pictures. What a lovely post my friend.

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Camellia Staab Replied to Antonio Gil 4 months, 1 week ago

Definitely a very cool place to visit.

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Greg Blaney 4 months, 1 week ago

This is a great post, Camellia. I'm jealous. Such a diverse array of birds and so nice to get alligator shots! They're fascinating animals and I bet you were watching your steps to ensure you still had feet to walk out on.

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Camellia Staab Replied to Greg Blaney 4 months, 1 week ago

I was kind of, sort of, watching my steps. But the fact that I could get so close to them without any real barrier was just too exciting.

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Benny Law 4 months, 1 week ago

If your camera has a focus tracking mode, it will make shooting birds in flight easier. My Sony Alpha 6000 has this mode, but I haven't used it much to be honest. It is supposed to be one of the best features of this camera. The Wetlands seem to be a fascinating place! Moving on to part 2 now...

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Camellia Staab Replied to Benny Law 4 months, 1 week ago

It took me until towards the end of my trip to finally put the focus tracking mode on. Sometimes I think I should really just have a point and shoot camera, because that is exactly what I do.....not check settings, not take the time...get too excited for the moment and not want to lose a shot, so I point and shoot.

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