We have had weeks of rain in our area. However, one morning we had a short respite. So, I grabbed the camera and went out on a hunt.
When I entered the refuge, I noticed there weren’t the usual amount of birds in the area. I was beginning to think it would be a rather uneventful day of photography but I continued on. I enjoy being outdoors and that was the important part of my journey. Luckily, as I drove deeper into the refuge, I found multiple alligators laying at the water‘s edge “sunning”. I guess they decided to take advantage from the break in the rain. What was even more surprising was they were even less timid of me. They allowed me to get unusually close. I ended up seeing approximately 7 laying out but not all made it to photoblog.
***WARNING*** If you have a soft stomach, please skip the last photo. The photo shows a smaller alligator eating the leftovers of a larger one. Remember, these alligators are wild and so their natural behavior is killing and eating other animals.
NOTE: You will notice some photos of alligators with their mouths open. This is not necessarily a sign of aggression. It is a way for them to cool... similar to way a dog pants.