American Alligator

by Don Baird January. 22, 2020 107 views
I was walking on a narrow strip of land when I encountered this alligator. The path is the lighter area in the lower left. I was glad the path was around 8 foot wide and the alligator wasn't hungry.

I was walking on a narrow strip of land when I encountered this alligator. The path is the lighter area in the lower left. I was glad the path was around 8 foot wide and the alligator wasn't hungry.

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Russell Smith 3 weeks, 3 days ago

Sweet shots of it. How big do you think  that it was I am guesstimating from the photo 8-10 feet

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Don Baird Replied to Russell Smith 3 weeks, 3 days ago

My guess was 7-8 feet. Fairly small compared to many others I've seen. Thankfully, I haven't seen larger ones that close and personal.

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Camellia Staab 3 weeks, 4 days ago

That is one closeup! Glad you were able to see him before getting even closer. My goal next trip to Florida is to capture one on camera. Hopefully I'll do that before he captures me smile

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Don Baird Replied to Camellia Staab 3 weeks, 4 days ago

Yes, if you look at the EXIF you'll see it was shot at 150 mm (225 mm with crop factor) which was pretty close. Never been that close to an alligator without a fence between it and me. Let me know when you come to Florida. At Orlando Wetlands Park I photographed 20 different birds. Many more than Merritt Island and other places.

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Camellia Staab Replied to Don Baird 3 weeks, 3 days ago

Don, did you shoot this guy in Wetland Park or Merritt?

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Don Baird Replied to Camellia Staab 3 weeks, 3 days ago

I didn't shoot this guy. All I had was my camera so I photographed him. smilegrinning On a serious note, I photographed him in Orlando Wetlands Park.

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Camellia Staab Replied to Don Baird 3 weeks, 3 days ago

Don, it doesn't work that way...I am supposed to be the smart a.. one with the sarcastic comments smile.

OK now that I have looked up the park and you have confirmed that you saw him there,¬† I will have to figure out away to get to Wetlands in Feb.. Of course you know the old Murphy's law...I plan all and no show on their part ūüėĀ

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Antonio Gil 3 weeks, 4 days ago

A true beauty grinning

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Don Baird Replied to Antonio Gil 3 weeks, 4 days ago

Thanks.

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Sherry Hill 3 weeks, 4 days ago

oh boy do we have different concerns when running into the local wildlife.. 

gorgeous photos.. :)

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Don Baird Replied to Sherry Hill 3 weeks, 4 days ago

Thanks. Yes, I was a little concerned about going past it but didn't have a choice.

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