At the Amphitheater Pond, the alligators were out in force. It was good to see them. Last April, the pond was at it lowest point. There were around 30 nests of Wood Storks. Almost over night the nests were gone- just gone. What got them? Well, it is thought that raccoons climb the tall pine trees and ate the eggs. Alligators protect nesting egrets, herons and Wood Storks from raccoons but the pond was so low. The alligators couldn't do there job. Over the summer the rain restored the water level. Here is a picture of a mama gator with her kids. This is a very large gator. She isn't the only big alligator in the pond. I wonder how the nesting egrets and herons will do next season?
I tried to show all the creatures surrounding this big gator.