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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2019 10:10 pm 
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First I would like to thank forum member Kerryonkayaks for helping me selecting and buying my Pakboats Quest 135. This 30 lb 13.5' L 23'' W folder is very nimble, fun to paddle and quick to turn. Just perfect for me.

I mostly kayak for wildlife photography in Armand Bayou, near Houston, Texas 77058, USA. From a kayak, animals usually let me get very close to them to obtain good close-up portraits.

Alligators are usually shy animals (unlike crocodiles) and would swim away from people, if you respect them.

This 6 foot teenager (?) is napping under the sun:

ImageYoung Alligator by zzffnn, on Flickr


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2019 10:17 pm 
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It gets so comfortable that yawning is necessary:

ImageYoung Alligator 2 by zzffnn, on Flickr


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2019 10:20 pm 
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Look at those shining teeth :mrgreen:

ImageYoung Alligator 3 by Fan Zhang, on Flickr


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2019 10:25 pm 
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This is how a Snowy Egret hunts. It snatches tiny fish with its beak first:

ImageSnowy Egret hunting 1 by zzffnn, on Flick


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2019 10:28 pm 
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Then it tosses the captured fish in air and swallowed it up with such great speed. Naked human eyes are usually too slow see this exact action +moment clearly:

ImageSnowy Egret hunting 4 by zzffnn, on Flickr


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2019 10:31 pm 
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Another captured prey:

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2019 10:35 pm 
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Another toss and gobble:

ImageSnowy Egret hunting 2 by zzffnn, on Flickr


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2019 10:49 pm 
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Here is a Great Egret posting for a glamour shot:

ImageGreat Egret 2 by Fan Zhang, on Flickr

I don't like how this photo is limited to 480 pixels high. But you can click on it and see the original full resolution photo at my Flickr.

Thank you for reading my thread and have a great day!


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2019 10:54 pm 
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The following two kayak photographers are my inspirations and they also kayak in Armand Bayou. They have many great photos in their Flickr:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/gseloff/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/wanam3/

If you are a kayak photographer or naturalist with young kids in Houston, please feel free to arrange a field trip with us. I hope to take out my 4yo and 8yo sons to nature more often and let them be inspired (instead of spending too much on video games; when other kids of similar age are going together, my sons are more willing to go).


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2019 6:43 am 
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zzffnn,
Thanks for sharing those remarkable pictures, absolutely gorgeous, made my day.

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g

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2019 11:43 am 
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Great pics. I have surprised alligators in a canoe. It's stimulating.


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 04, 2019 9:07 am 
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I am glad you like the photos. Thank you for your kinds words.


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