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Jan 30, 2018 08:06 |  #1

Hello Members,

I spotted an Alligator slowly patrolling its way up to a heavily populated Egret/Heron/Ibis marsh.
The Gator propped itself up on the bank and let out the loudest,deepest, ground vibrating bellow.

The beast then proceeded to sink to the bottom and engage stealth-mode.
It crept along the bank looking for unsuspecting victims.
With a huge burst of energy it sprung up out of the water,surprising me and snagging an Egret.
The poor bird was a goner.

Here's a few fumbling, hasty shots, snapped years ago, on a day with a heat index of 114 degrees (F).
Captured Merritt Island, Florida.
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Jan 30, 2018 11:09 |  #2

Merritt Island is one of my favourite spots for bird photography so I try to go there a couple of times each winter when I'm in the south. I've never been lucky enough to see anything like this. Well done to capture the hunt!




  
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Jan 30, 2018 11:56 |  #3

snowyowl13 wrote in post #18552426 (external link)
Merritt Island is one of my favourite spots for bird photography so I try to go there a couple of times each winter when I'm in the south. I've never been lucky enough to see anything like this. Well done to capture the hunt!

Thanks Dan, It really is a wonderful area.
That hunt was captured on Bio-Lab road.
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Feb 19, 2018 09:47 |  #4

Those are amazing shots. I've seen lots of gators but never one catching a bird.


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Feb 24, 2018 14:45 |  #5

Wow, cool sequence.


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Feb 24, 2018 14:52 |  #6

Awesome series. Good thing I don't have to worry about alligators in southern California.




  
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Feb 24, 2018 16:41 |  #7

Archibald wrote in post #18567369 (external link)
Those are amazing shots. I've seen lots of gators but never one catching a bird.

Thanks Archibald, they're fascinating, powerful creatures.
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Feb 24, 2018 16:46 |  #8

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Wow, cool sequence.

Thanks Trevor.
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Feb 24, 2018 16:56 |  #9

Sibil wrote in post #18571337 (external link)
Awesome series. Good thing I don't have to worry about alligators in southern California.

LoL,Thanks Sibil.
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Feb 24, 2018 17:42 |  #10

paul katinas wrote in post #18571416 (external link)
Thanks Archibald, they're fascinating, powerful creatures.
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Fascinating ... and a bit of a mirror on human behaviour. If the watching multitude decided to get involved, they would see off that predatory alligator easily (at negligible individual risk). Instead, they prefer to spectate (at no individual risk).


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