My goal was bird photography while visiting Huntington Beach State Park, but the alligators became my subjects as they swam the waters.
The creatures are always fascinating in their prehistoric appearance and size. And, as the photograph above shows, they are quite comfortable lying in the sun for hours with no noticeable movement.
When prowling the waters, they move slowly, barely causing a ripple in the water.
The State Park is home to numerous species of birds, including some nesting Bald Eagles, so my original goal was to capture photos of the birds hunting for their own dinners. Add in the mix of the gators, and you get an interesting mix of hunters in the water.
And all of that led to my favorite photograph of the day.
The last photograph had been added to my gallery of photos for sale which can be found here. If you ever have an interest in purchasing one of the photographs that appears in my blog, but not on my gallery page, I will be glad to add it (provided the quality is present for printing).
As always, you can click on the image above to view a large quality image on your computer screen.
Looking at that last photo, “The Stare Down”, I was wondering if the ‘gators would go after the birds. Noticed in the one photo, there was what looked like a flamingo standing out in the water, with the ‘gator seemingly ignoring it, and the flamingo showing no concern.
Frightening creatures and yet amazing! I love ‘The Stare Down’!