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Old Apr 17, 2007, 11:09 PM   #1
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Friday afternoon I was in the backyard trying to get some decent pics of the wood ducks on the lake. While I largely failed (again) this new resident of our lake cruised by to check out the birds too. This would be the largest gator I have seen on our little lake, he never came close enough to shore to be sure of a length, but he looked to be six to eight feet.


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All these were taken with the K100 and a Tamron 300mm f2.8 with 1.4x teleconverter, tripod mounted. First he cruised by our swimming raft to check out the anhingas who have made it their party spot.
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These wood ducks swam so close to him that I was sure I would finally have an opportunity to capture the circle of life in a photograph, but he swam right by them.


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Old Apr 17, 2007, 11:16 PM   #4
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Considering the mess the anhingas have made of the raft, I would appreciate it if he WOULD eat a few of them. Roger, do you have any suggestions for a call to bring a gator in closer to shore?

Thanks for looking,

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Tim, are those anhingas or cormorants? Anyway, nice capture!

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Old Apr 18, 2007, 12:11 AM   #6
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You are right Tom, I even looked at the hooked bills and thought they looked odd. Interesting, I guess I owe the anhingas an apology.

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I'd be scared to swim from that raft now .

now when you have private gator in your back yard we are waiting for some closer shots of this animal

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Considering the mess the anhingas have made of the raft, I would appreciate it if he WOULD eat a few of them.
Hey that's just natures white washing

Be glad its not morning doves (nice name for a pretty pigeon... flying rat) Deciding you car prot is a nice roost and crapping all over car, bike and everything else stored there. Smart enough to stay above dog's eyesight too.....

Though maybe he finally caught on (no Gheckos around to chase briefly) to catch his eye... gone a week or so now... but the SH$ still everywhere, AND UNDER COVER NOT GOING TO RAIN WASH OFF.
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I'd be scared to swim from that raft now .
I forget the name but you ought to see the lake SO of Orlando (Poinciena area) that looks like a lake full of logs... but they are gators.... actualy gators don't care for people much.... but yeah you can really piss one off hitting it with water skis (also putting you in the water with them likely) but they do that on that lake!!!!

Also plenty big water snakes too..... I was thankfully in an air boat.
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Neat pictures, though they send a shiver down my spine! That gator sure looks bigger than anything I'd want to be around.
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