Yeah, he wasn’t real happy with us.
It all started while we were shooting in the Rick Grissom Wetlands on pleasant Florida evening. It had rained like crazy a few days before, and the road you’d normally drive was closed due to all the water.
So, we walked. (READ – no car to retreat back to)
Now, this guy was enjoying just hanging out on the bank when we first discovered him. It was early, the light was bad, and he really wan’t looking all that interesting at the time. So, we passed by and decided to try him later.
It’s amazing what a couple hours will do!
We had all but forgotten about the big guy until we rounded the corner and saw him in the same spot. This time, the light was great, and both eyes – and mouth – were open.
Normally, an open-mouthed gator in the heat isn’t a big deal – that’s how they keep cool. However, I thought he looked REALLY intimidating in that pose so I dropped the tripod to the ground and started shooting. As I popped off shot after shot, I started to think that maybe the open-jaw look was more than to dissipate heat. He looked a little ticked.
Maybe he wasn’t real thrilled with us being there.
I decided maybe we should make a retrate and quickly checked the camera to make sure I got the shot.
As I was looking, my son let out a scream!
I looked up just in time to see the gator splash away. I asked my son what happened and he said the gator did a fast head swing and raced back to the water – and it startled him (he wasn’t the only one).
Guess that ‘ol gator really wasn’t happy with us after all – just glad he retreated instead of charging! (NOTE – had it been mating season, we would NOT have messed with him at all)
As we were walking back, the adrenaline rush ebbing, I decided I need to learn a bit more about gator behavior for future trips…
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