“Sunning” Alligators

by Shane Coleman October. 04, 2018 708 views

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.

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Greg Blaney 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Great set of photos, Shane. Your posts never disappoint. I really like reptiles so found your photos fascinating. Unfortunately, the closest thing we have to alligators up here in Canada are politicians (and who wants to take pictures of them?).

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Shane Coleman Replied to Greg Blaney 11 months, 2 weeks ago

😂😂😂 We have our fair share of real ones and the politician type.

Thank you for the kind words.

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 11 months, 2 weeks ago

#1 - the protrait of the Mona Lisa of the swamp with this little green leaves behind the ear is just awesome.
#7 - that is a very interesting picture!

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Shane Coleman Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 11 months, 2 weeks ago

#1 was a pretty big and hefty alligator. He/she was a cooperative and photogenic subject. 😉

#7 is a little gruesome. I considered not posting it. There were several more... some even more bloody. I decided to post in anyway, it is the truth about nature and wildlife.

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Shane Coleman 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Wildlife photography is about nature, it's not about human lifestyle.

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Shane Coleman Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 11 months, 2 weeks ago

👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼

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Camellia 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Fantastic photos Shane! Very courageous on your part :)

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Shane Coleman Replied to Camellia 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Nah, I was in my truck and used a 400mm. I was safe. 😉

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Camellia Replied to Shane Coleman 11 months, 2 weeks ago

smilesmile+1

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Antonio Gil 11 months, 2 weeks ago

I had some encounters with this kind of "lizards" in Namibia and they were huge. Love your pictures Shane

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Shane Coleman Replied to Antonio Gil 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Thank you. They are prevalent around here. Finding them eating is not as common, at least in my experience.

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Abigail Gossage 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Wow!  Scary...

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Shane Coleman Replied to Abigail Gossage 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Funny thing is, they usually move away from humans. The only ones that won’t, are the ones that are fed by people. As long as they aren’t provoked or protecting babies, you really don’t have anything to worry about.

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Bill Baird 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Great shots !

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Shane Coleman Replied to Bill Baird 11 months, 2 weeks ago

Thank you. I’m glad to have had the opportunity.

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