Kissed by a Gator

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    You are definitely crazy. No question. If we had gators in Ohio, I would be doing the same. :D

    Really nice write up. I like to know the details, and the story behind a shot. As a fellow student of animal behavior, it's all fascinating. It does make me glad that the most dangerous critters in my swamp want nothing to do with me. I'd have to provoke a beaver or snapping turtle pretty bad to ever have any issues. Those are probably the most fearsome bites I could get in the swamps of Ohio.

    Don't go gettin' the yips. Just be careful. And don't get tunnel vision waiting for a frog to resurface!
     
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    Great story/photos. You are definitely not crazy. However, I do hope you won't go to Australia and try the same technique on their salties :-o .
     
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    Great photos and great story. Observing animal behavior is fascinating and addictive, making wildlife photography an absolute joy and adventure. Risk is part of it. Just this morning I went looking for a gator and almost stepped on a Cottonmouth in the process.

    I am envious of your shots. Clearly your patience pays off. Went down to your area back in Feb. Rented a kayak to photograph Armond/Horsepen Bayou on day 1...my first time to photograph gators while floating by 'em. Visited Brazos Bend S.P. on day 2 and was stunned at how many gators were relaxing on the shore. Even more stunned, as you described, at how many folk were standing a few feet away from gators while taking selfies.

    Been lugging around heavy DSLR equipment when on trails, and am now going to try out M4/3 gear. Your photography gives me hope.
     
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    @Phocal@Phocal, maybe you could use a GoPro on your RC car, they have wide lenses... I'm not sure about remote, but they have time lapse options and video of course.
     
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    OK, but be aware many of the cheap cars don't have enough torque to go up a slight hill, especially with a pound of added cargo.

    Maybe you can find a used Tamiya or similar.

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    Thanks for the offer. I plan to get back down there in Dec.

    This is a great idea! I have a GoPro and a 4x4 Axial RC Bomber. I have thought about trying this configuration to get to one of the bobcats in the woods behind my house. Never even thought about approaching a gator.

    It does look like an ideal tool, as you don't have to mess with 3 tripod legs as you slide across the terrain.

    Thanks for the info...will check it out.

    This is a superb capture!! Nice work.
     
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