Morning In The Swamp
Although cold, it was bright and sunny this morning at the swamp so I was hoping a few of my alligator friends might be out looking to warm up a bit.
It didn’t take long for this one young gator to come gliding in, and eventually climb up and claim his sun spot on a small bog.
Another alligator at the water’s edge was barely able to keep his eyes open and I knew he would be in full nap mode shortly. I went back to check in on him a bit later, and I saw that a little song sparrow (see the last photo) was standing on the end of the sleeping gator’s tail!
Excellent photo’s Phil.
Thanks a lot Jan.
Well of course they are cute! 😀
Ahh great to see the gators putting in an appearance down at the swamp. I just love the expression on that gator’s face in the second to last picture. Looks like a smug, self-satisfied lounge lizzard type of guy. If he was human, you wouldn’t buy a second hand car from him that’s for sure. Another great episode Phil. 🙂
Thanks so much Adrian! You are right about that guy, with that look, he is not someone I would buy a used car from! 🙂
I’m beginning to develop a bit of affection for these critters. My favorite is the photo with the beautiful reflection in the still water – although that bird on the tail is a close second! If those two can coexist, why do you suppose…. Oh, never mind. 😉
Heh heh, glad you are enjoying the photos of my big nose friends!
Great photos of you ‘friends’ ! And just what is it about your Gators that Birds find so interesting?? I will never forget your Spoonbill/Gator photos!
Thanks glad you like these Molly! I don’t know either, I have a lot of pics from the past few weeks where the coots and moorhens somehow feel compelled to hang around the alligators. Oh, and turtles too! Got pics of that upcoming.
Great reflection on the second last one.
Thanks for checking these out.
…. Another great sequence, Phil. And a great, safe spot for the sparrow. If the weather is cold, a gator will not actively feed – but no predator with half a brain will get within reach anyway. The sparrow can relax, and it’s no -er- skin off the tail of the gator.
…. Our temperature topped out around 80 again today, and the gators were out in force. We have a big cold front coming that threatens to drop the high temperatures all the way down to the low 70s or so … BRRRR! I might have to hibernate.
Thanks much I ‘m glad you like these gator pics! Yes that sparrow did not seem at all concerned about what it was walking around on.
Great shots. Fun to look at gators in pics.
Thanks Amy! They are tons more fun in person! 😀
Great images of your alligator friends. My favourite is the third from the top, with the alligator caught just while it’s about to move.
Thaks very much! It actually was climbing up onto that bog when I took that photo. A real action shot! 😉 🙂
Fantastiche foto, meraviglioso perdersi nella bellezza dei tuoi scatti!!
Grazie Pat! 🙂
This one looks like a fashion model ! Love the golden colors in the first image Phil.
Oh they are real lookers all right! Very fashionable! Thanks Emily!
Agree with shoreacres about the fave pix, although natch – I add quickly – they are all good. S/he looks quite prehistoric. I am loving those feeties. 😀
Oh they do have cute little feetsies don’t they?! That’s the whole reaosn I included that pic. 😆
Thanks for checking these out!
These are such wonderful photos, Phil. Maybe that bird thought the alligator was a log. 🙂
Thanks Sylvia, glad you liked the photos of my swamp buddies!
I’m sure the little sparrow was convinced it was just another log available to stand around on. 🙂
Glad you liked these pics Lucy!