Part 2 will be about Fred and his smaller and larger cousins in the area.
Lets start where we left off in part 1... This guy I see every time I go to the park he hangs out in the same area so because he is a regular to me I decided to name him and Fred seems to fit him for some reason. I think I said in the previous post that there were two other cousins of Fred that were using his beach. Both were smaller thusly they are also younger than him. Because of this they are a bit more skittish and jumped into the water which startled him. Because I frequent this location I know that in 5 or 10 min he will cruise back to shore and return to resting. The other two I had 0 clue about.
This is one of the other two. It was about 2 feet long so I am guessing maybe about two years old. This one was very skittish and never returned to shore at least while I was there observing it.
While watching the smallest of the three to see if he/she will come back to shore. I was able to grab this shot.
While waiting and watching I kept hearing some baby alligators in the weeds on the far side of the canal . I never did see them and the sounds were faint so there maybe a nest back in the weeds that the little ones are just emerging from the nest.
After sitting quietly and observing for a bit the little one made their way to the shore.
Now I know Fred looks a bit big in this shot in all reality he/she is about a meter or just over in length. This will give you an idea of the other ones small size. Maybe 18-20 inches.
This is my observation point and as long as I stay within this plane Fred does not feel threatened .
I feel like I am getting side eyed from this little guy. I wonder what he/she is thinking.
I guess I was boring it because it decided to Yawn . Fun fact is yes Alligators do Yawn. In the bottom picture you can see what looks like a flap at the back of the throat. This is the opening to the esophagus. This is what allows the Alligator to open its mouth under water and catch prey without getting its stomach flooded with water.
I do not know how well it translates to the photograph but you can see a slide in the mud (near the grass on the left side of the image) . This is from the alligator sliding back into the water. The larger this trail is the larger the alligator. One way you can have an idea of if there is any alligators or possibly how large they are in an area. Especially if you are in or on the water.
After spending 30 or 40 min with these guys I decided to move on. Towards the end of my walk through the park I spotted a larger cousin of these three.
There were some kids close (50-75 yards) to where I was that were using a stick to play in the water and it was making a splashing sound. This grabbed the Alligators attention and caused it to come closer to investigate.
When the splashing stopped it just hung out for a few moments before it resumed the patrol of the area .
Part three will be some more of the birds of the park. Stay Tuned.