September 18, 2017
In wildlife photography, patience is your best friend and an abundant supply of it should always be in your camera bag. This image of an American Crocodile took me about two hours of quiet, patient observation and split-second readiness in the mosquito laden mangroves of southeast Florida - f/4 for 1/3200 sec., ISO 100.
The American Crocodile is found primarily in the coastal habitats of Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and, at its northern most range, in south Florida. In 1975, the Florida's crocodile population was listed as endangered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Today, it has rebounded and is considered a top example of successful conservation. However, the increase in population is not a permanent success as habitat loss in south Florida and ecosystem degradation in the Everglades continues to place the species at risk.
"To approach animals in their most natural, native settings. I have to understand the mysteries of their behavior. With careful preparation, I can show the animal in its best light, demonstrating its beauty, strength and intelligence." - Paul Nicklen