Monday, April 21, 2008
Signs Of Spring
Friday, I took the slow way home through Devil's Hammock.
(I do that alot, don't I?)
It was early in the day still and very warm, so there wasn't a lot of critter activity going on.
I knew I could count on the gators though, even if the birds were hiding from the heat. On a warm day like this one, they would be in the water. Most of my winter gator shots are of bank lounging basking in the sun gators.
I stopped to photograph a six foot gator swimming by the roadside and he promptly slipped into a culvert that ran under the dirt road. This was turning out to be just a slow ride home through pretty scenery ... not the photo slurping expedition I had looked forward to all day.
I turned to walk back to the JEEP and suddenly, I heard it ... a wonderful sound of spring.
The nasally honk of baby gators was coming from the water I had just turned my back on.
Pretty darn cute.
Apparently the presence of me and the absence of the larger gator in the culvert had triggered a little anxiety on their part, so they were calling. These babies are really new, I think I see an egg tooth still present just in front of the nostrils.
Pretty darn stealthy.
This biggun is hanging vertically in the water ... any critter who fails to notice him, fails the big test.
Baby gator whonking ranks high on my favorite sounds of spring. Also, the flycatchers who will NOT stop chattering is another pleasant spring sound here at PFHQ.
So ... this thought got me wondering ... what's a favorite "spring heralding" sound of yours?