New Year’s Alligator And Bald Eagle
Well I guess it should not come as a complete surprise that I would start off 2013 with an alligator!
So this morning we decided to head over to the swamp and see if anything was going on. Not too much at first, the usual coots, moorhens, grebes, and various species of ducks, but no alligators at all that we could spot. Within about 15 or 20 minutes though we saw this alligator come gliding in on his way to pick out a nice place to enjoy his daily nap.
He most likely got up from a nap so that he could swim over and take another nap, but anyway we were happy to see our first gator of the new year.
A short time later we saw what we thought might be a bald eagle come soaring in from the far edge of the swamp and then swoop down and hug the tree line as it passed by. It was indeed an eagle and we watched as it flew past the swamp and continued on along the marsh pond still flying just above the trees. There are a few tall pine trees where we have seen eagles previously and thought that might be where this one was headed. At first it seemed to pass those trees by and we figured it was gone for the day. But then it did a banking turn and headed right for one of the pines where it took roost.
Since the alligator looked like he was not planning any further activity, and the ducks were not doing anything very exciting we decided to see if we could find the eagle’s tree, and hoped it would still be in it when we arrived. We found the suspected tree fairly quickly and sure enough the eagle was still sitting there.
We set up on the eagle and I grabbed a few perched shots and then managed to get some flight photos as it took off.
New Years alligator and bald eagle…What a great way to kick off 2013!