Egretta tricolor (Tricolor Heron) and Alligator mississippiensis (American Alligator), 11 February 2007

This is neither my best photograph of a tricolor heron, Egretta tricolor, nor my best photograph of an American alligator, Alligator mississippiensis — but it is my best photograph of the two caught together in the same frame on a lazy February afternoon.

Photographed on 11 February 2007 near the Sweetwater Strand of Big Cypress National Preserve, you can see the gator doing his own thing in the background, basking on a fallen cypress trunk. The tricolor heron is doing the same, albeit on a smaller branch and with a bit more vertical grace and posture. This, for me, is a classic south Florida winter scene: two animals, one often preying upon the other, basking in the mild Florida air in February.

This is another moment that benefited from a short lapse in cloud cover. Most of the day, as previously mentioned, was overcast and miserable in terms of light. Still, the sun did manage to break every now and then. No doubt the animals were as grateful and opportunistic as I was for these little intermittent bouts of direct sunshine.

Next? The dark angel of Florida…! heh.

~ janson

About Janson Jones

A comp/rhet soul with a solid and abundant appreciation for ecology and evolution, I'm a native Floridian living in and (still) exploring my hometown of Ormond Beach, Florida.
Gallery | This entry was posted in Birds, Crocodilians, Florida, Monroe county and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to Egretta tricolor (Tricolor Heron) and Alligator mississippiensis (American Alligator), 11 February 2007

  1. Lea Louwerse says:

    love this picture.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s