Creek Field Lake, Brazos Bend SP

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  1. jbird

    jbird

    536
    Jun 22, 2016
    Sugar Land, Texas
    I was out looking for the juvenile gators (without success) but the view of the lake was great. Good thing I had the 17-55 f2.8 on the second body.
    The birds in the shot are black bellied whistling ducks.
    33382081292_c44bd0179d_c. Brazos Bend SP, Creek Field Lake (D7A_4106)
     
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  2. Excellent composition. The birds add a sense of prospective.
     
  3. jbird

    jbird

    536
    Jun 22, 2016
    Sugar Land, Texas
    Thanks for the comments. I agree about the birds. I also think they add a bit of interest to the shot.
     
  4. Gator babies at BBSP usually appear in late August or early September (if that is what you mean by juveniles)
     
  5. jbird

    jbird

    536
    Jun 22, 2016
    Sugar Land, Texas
    All of the gators that have been hanging out in the area on Creek Field Lake are about 1' in length. At times, I have seen as many as 12 together.
    To find them, take the path towards the observatory from the nature center. As you approach the bridge on the left hand side of the path, there is a marshy area among the cypress trees. That is where I have been able to find them.
    Here are some shots of them.
    32844385705_00049d6948_c. American Alligator - Juveniles
    32517073971_70c3ac614e_c. Alligators - Brazos Bend SP, Creek Field Lake
    32260142320_902a82b7eb_c. Alligator Babies - Brazos Bend SP, Creek Field Lake
     
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  6. Nice work here. Last week, we visited the park and walked the Elm Lake Trail; at one point, we encountered a section next to the trail "protected" by bright orange plastic mesh. Behind the mesh were at least 8 little gators guarded by one big mother.
     
  7. jbird

    jbird

    536
    Jun 22, 2016
    Sugar Land, Texas
    Thanks. Weather permitting, I am going to head back out there Saturday morning. The park is 25 minutes from the house. Having the State Park pass makes it very cheap to visit. My wife and I have already recovered the cost of the pass for the year.
     
  8. Good Gator shots, I like these.

    Cheers
     
  9. Apologies to all as I have been lead to believe the kids were "cooked" in the nest over the summer and hatched in Aug-Sep window.
     
  10. +1 :)
     
  11. jbird

    jbird

    536
    Jun 22, 2016
    Sugar Land, Texas
    No apologies needed. It may well be that they are hatched in Aug-Sep. One thing is for sure, if they were to get around a large bull, they would be a tasty meal for that bull. The juveniles are well camouflaged in that area. You really have to look to find them. It is not lile walking along the Elm Lake or 40 Acre Lake trail where they hang out just off of the trail. Like this one who was probably closer to the trail than the lake.
    31924013476_bee901919a_c. D7A_3146
     
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  12. From what we were told at the Visitor Center there, young alligators grow about 1 foot each year . . .
     
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