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Just returned from a wonderful vacation in Florida, where I went to visit my dear friend Lisa. She and her boyfriend Rich went out of their way to show me some amazing wildlife to photograph, and I have presented a selection here.   Florida is a warm state with an abundance of alligators and birdlife everywhere, almost on Lisa’s doorstep! I managed to capture a variety of wildlife at both the Merritt Island and Ritch Grissom Wetland areas. I didn’t manage to see any manatees, but they’re not a very photogenic species anyway!   For the last shot, taken on my camera by Lisa, I got within a few feet of a huge wild alligator basking in the sun. Inside my heart was pounding from the fear of knowing that it had the ability to move in a split second and could run at up to 25 miles per hour. As exhilarating as it was, I was also relieved to be out of there! But I wanted that shot J   Other images show egrets, herons, butterflies, otters, turtles and more.   All these images were taken with the Nikon D600 and Nikkor 70-200mm VRII + 1.7xTC. While not the longest focal length for it, one can get so close to the wildlife in Florida that it proved ample for my needs.   I hope you enjoy the images.

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Just returned from a wonderful vacation in Florida, where I went to visit my dear friend Lisa. She and her boyfriend Rich went out of their way to show me some amazing wildlife to photograph, and I have presented a selection here.

 

Florida is a warm state with an abundance of alligators and birdlife everywhere, almost on Lisa’s doorstep! I managed to capture a variety of wildlife at both the Merritt Island and Ritch Grissom Wetland areas. I didn’t manage to see any manatees, but they’re not a very photogenic species anyway!

 

For the last shot, taken on my camera by Lisa, I got within a few feet of a huge wild alligator basking in the sun. Inside my heart was pounding from the fear of knowing that it had the ability to move in a split second and could run at up to 25 miles per hour. As exhilarating as it was, I was also relieved to be out of there! But I wanted that shot J

 

Other images show egrets, herons, butterflies, otters, turtles and more.

 

All these images were taken with the Nikon D600 and Nikkor 70-200mm VRII + 1.7xTC. While not the longest focal length for it, one can get so close to the wildlife in Florida that it proved ample for my needs.

 

I hope you enjoy the images.

A young alligator feeds on a bird. Tasty!
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A young alligator feeds on a bird. Tasty!

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A baby alligator.
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A baby alligator.

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This is the huge alligator that I managed to get close to in the following photo.
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This is the huge alligator that I managed to get close to in the following photo.

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Don't try this at home! Outside I'm smiling, but inside I'm terrified! 
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Don't try this at home! Outside I'm smiling, but inside I'm terrified! 

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kajalMar 14, 2013 03:41 PM

amazing pictures!! loving it!!:)

kajalMar 14, 2013 03:42 PM

whoops! you risked your life to capture the alligator :p bravo!!

LillianMar 15, 2013 02:40 PM

Again some VERY impressive shots
Lillian

Terry M.Mar 16, 2013 12:10 PM

I live near the Ritch Grissom Memorial Wetlands (commonly known as the Viera Wetlands) in Viera, Florida, and you've captured some images I've never seen. Thanks for sharing your amazing photography!

AlphaWhiskeyMar 16, 2013 01:24 PM

Thanks guys! :))

ParrishMar 19, 2013 02:07 AM

Excellent nature series Alpha..your becoming quite a twitcher lol :-)...

AlphaWhiskeyMar 19, 2013 06:53 AM

Thanx Parrish! :)

GitzoMar 22, 2013 01:54 AM

Gitzo Mar.22, 1:41 AM
I love that ibis in flight!
You ever get that close to a gator that size, better watch the gator and not the camera ! Believe me, gators are unpredictable; fifteen of them in a row will just lay there and look at you; the sixteenth one will have your leg in his mouth before you can blink ! You did a great job down there with the new D 600.

AlphaWhiskeyMar 22, 2013 03:01 PM

Thanx Gitzo! It was a close one! :)

DebbieJun 22, 2014 04:05 PM

Awesome set of pictures!!! Thank you so much for sharing!

Alpha Whiskey PhotographyJun 23, 2014 12:52 AM

Thank you Debbie! :)

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