The Limpkin and the Alligator

I want to tell you a funny story. Way back in 1989, during my early years of nature sound recording, I visited the Alexander Springs Wilderness Area in Ocala National Forest, not far north of Orlando, Florida. The date was March 29 and it was unseasonably hot and humid. I canoed about a mile downstream into the heart of the wilderness. At one bend … [Read more...]

Gator Song

Ever heard an alligator growl like a lion? Well, the male does just that—it is thought to be a courtship call, heard throughout much of the South during the gator's spring breeding season. My friend Ted Mack and I obtained a good example during a visit to the Everglades National Park, where alligators are common: Dawn chorus in the Everglades … [Read more...]