Wednesday, February 18, 2009

American Alligator...

Another short one and then maybe I can catch up the rest of the week now that I am home with some Sky Watch Friday and my tribute to Elk number 6 now that I am home. Click him for a larger view.

This small American Alligator was photographed at the Viera Wetlands in Melbourne, Florida. I got down on my belly and got fairly close to him for the eye to eye shot. To learn more about the Gators follow this link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Alligator. More gator photos to come in the future.

6 comments:

kjpweb said...

Looks familiar! :)
Good one! Sure looking forward to more!
Cheers, Klaus

Willard said...

Brad,
I have been following your historical series with interest. I enjoy those type of photos very much and you make them look so realistic.

As for your Florida photos, they are simply stunning.

Re: your comment on my blog-I intended to set up, but actually saw him while I was scouting the situation out and was able to take them all from the vehicle. The first two were with the extender at an estimated 75-100 yards.

On the following day a DWCO visited me and wanted to look at the area with a view toward dumping a road kill there to make the situation more enticing to the bird. We were driving down a field road and there he was in a tree along the stream. I shot a few shots, but there was brush in the road, he flew up the stream a bit and lit in a perfect spot. I was able to position the vehicle so that I was able to get out on the offside and get the last photo of him along with several more. I think this series proves that closer is better when all else is equal as one can get better sharpness under such situations.

fishing guy said...

Brad: Very cool capture, for some reason I can't see your SWF photo.

Salty said...

Wow, Eyeball to eyeball and that is one evil looking eye! In all my trips to FL I have yet to see a gator close up.

Tranquility said...

Oh my goodness. This would be a good time to have a telephoto lens! I sure hope you weren't as close to him as the the photo appears - although he rather passive... for the moment. ;0)
What a fun photo!

Leedra said...

You are not suppose to get that close. Me I stand back and use the big lens. I am not brave when it comes to the gators. I took lots of gator photos thru the Everglades last week, but from a distance.

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