Well…It Started Out Quietly Enough…
Yesterday evening there was one large alligator feeding in a side cove section of the marsh and basically taking the entire area as his own territory, acting like he owned the place. And he did own the place until another, slightly larger alligator came in to impose his own agenda.
At first they were in a stare down and complete stand off and I was not at all sure where this was headed. I had the camera set for a slow shutter speed and small lens opening to get both those large heads in focus when suddenly the new arrival burst up out of the water! The movement was so fast it blurred my initial photos and the first gator jumped clear out of my frame!
The attacker lunged at the previous occupant of the fishing hole and sent him under water in full panic and self defense mode. This did not deter the aggressor who proceeded to crash through and across the water in full pursuit. Luckily I thought quickly enough to change camera settings so that I would be able to catch the action that was happening just a short distance from my location at the edge of the marsh.
It was quite a thrilling sight and rather humbling experience to have the privilege to watch this wild aspect of nature unfold in front of my eyes.