Yesterday at early evening we saw this baby alligator (we call any gator 5 feet and under a “baby”) slogging his way along the salt marsh area at low tide. He made only a few half-hearted attempts at catching fish or crabs so we figured he was not interested in feeding and more then likely just wanted to get out of the salt water and back to his regular pond. This turned out to indeed be the case as he started slowly slinking up onto the mud and over to the edge of the marsh. After taking a brief look around the ‘baby’ climbed over the rocks and carefully ambled his way up out of the salt marsh and over to his pond.
He allways has a very friendly face. At least as long as you don’t come too close to him! 😛
Oh he is very friendly! At least I think so. 😯 😀
Thanks for checking them out.
That smile always makes me nervous.
Heh heh, well at least he is smiling, that should count for something. 🙂
That is some baby, Phil! It fascinates me, how they are totally accepting of you.
Oh it’s some baby alright! Well sure they accept me and like me, who else is going to give them all the good publicity?! 😀
The texture of the “skin” (?) is wonderfully captured in your shots. Who would have thunk alligators could be so fascinating. I never thought I’d ever say such a thing!!!
Often when they are young they have quite pretty (is that the right word?) coloration. The stripes and different patterns are fascinating and I’m glad you feel the same way.
He’s very sweet. I think they are beautiful creatures. You captured so much of him here! You guys must feel so blessed to see such things every day!
Oh sure he is sweet! So cute I want to scoop him up and bring him home. Not sure how the cats would feel about that though.
We do feel blessed to be able to see this amazing wildlife so frequently. Thank you so much for your very kind comments!
This one really has some beautiful markings on his “skin”. Great photos
Yes when they are still fairly young like this one they do have some very beautiful colorations including stripes which make them very photogenic. 🙂
I’m glad you enjoyed these photos!
Cold, steely eyes even in the babies!
Nah…they got puppy dog eyes. 🙂
Great shots Phil, and really close too.
Thanks Jan I could hear him breathing.
is this a smile what I see???? Believe, that’s not good for all others! 😉
Great work, excellent close ups!
Wish you a nice day
Oh he is smiling for sure, must be because he is happy to see me!
Thank you very much moni!
This “baby” has beautiful coloring! Great shots.
He is quite attractive isn’t he?! Thanks much for looking and commenting!
“Baby”… even a baby how standing so impressive… But I don’t afraid anymore 🙂 I wonder can/could I take pictures of them without being panic… Maybe one day…. Wonderful photographs. Thank you dear Phil, love, nia
I wish you were here to take photos of these guys Nia you would love it and have fun! 😀
We don’t see many of these in Devon
Yes I expect there are fairly scarce. If you did have some they would likely be ‘imported’. 🙂
Gorgeous colours and light on these Phil.
They are cute when they are young Lucy!
What a cute little guy..getting closer..and closer..I’m here!
Oh he’s plenty cute all right. 😀
I still can’t get over calling something 5 feet long a “baby.” I’m only a few inches taller than that.
Yeah but unlike us, in their world they have to content with ones that are 8 feet long and bigger. That is a huge size difference for an alligator especially one that is headed right for you and does not have a friendly look on it’s face. 😯
Glad you liked the pics!
Yes, he does look rather new, compared to those prehistoric looking granddaddies you’ve shown us previously. I could almost say he’s cute. 🙂 Great photos, Phil.
Great colours!! I’ve never seen such a colourful gator skin before 😀