You have some great shots there, that little guy in the Lilly pads is cute, at the moment! The oblivious fisherman is sitting pretty close to the water isn't he!
Thanks for the kind words, Graham, and yes, the fisherman had no idea how close the alligator was to his kayak. I used a 400mm to try to compress the perspective and make it seem closer to him, but in reality, it was closer than I'd like to be in a small boat!
very first wild gator i ever saw last dec in john chestnut park just outside clearwater .just a little guy about a foot long
Nice shots and it's quite a thrill to see these guys in the wild. I find it altogether fascinating and terrifying at the same time
Here are a few more shots:
This is a six-footer - by far the most dangerous because they are fast and big enough to maim
Here's one chomping on a fish - this was shot during a crazy morning when there were dozens of alligators feeding in a lake at the same time - I think it was a full moon or something!
I like this close up - though I was probably a little too close - this is uncropped. I have a 20x30 print of it and the detail in the eye reflection is amazing:
This one scared the crap out of me when he popped up from under the duckweed about 15 feet from me in a small pool (~30 feet in diameter) of stagnant water. I think he was at least 10 feet - the distance from their nose to eyes in inches is approximately their length in feet.