The white neck is the sign it is female. I don't know how to determine an alligator's gender.
Not many people on the Creek as we headed down stream. A couple launching a rental canoe as we set out, a solo kayak angler, two people launching stand up paddle boards at the bridge. First time I've seen those on Alexander Creek. Two more kayak fishermen coming up stream.
We wondered why this great blue heron's neck was folded down.
Looking now, it may have had a meal going down.
We turned around at 11:40. The view down Creek.
I did not notice the piggy backing gators when I took this photo. I was concentrated on the one behind them. A fourth was in the water. I'm sure I missed more.
Under the bridge. From here back to Alexander Spring, it was busier, but not to bad for a summer Sunday afternoon. No motors allowed past the bridge, we saw none all day.
Okay, she was taking a picture of the alligator in the weeds and the reflecting clouds. I'm the little red speck.
We landed at 1:40. After getting the kayaks on the car, the cool spring water was more than refreshing.
Swimmers above the Spring.
Did not see a great egret all day. Correction, almost all day. None in the Ocala National Forest, one on the side of the on ramp from Maitland Avenue to Interstate 4.