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 with alligators bellowing and catbird singing, along with frogs and insects, dawn, 17 May, 1994, Shark Valley area of the Everglades National Park, Florida. Recorded by Lang Elliott and Ted Mack.
This one is a crowd-pleaser because of the alligator bellows. Nonetheless, it a fairly gentle rendering—even the loud bellows near the beginning are not at all jarring. I’m curious as to how folks respond to the Gray Catbird songs, heard throughout. Are they too loud? I might lower them a bit if anyone is bothered. A band of insect song occurs just above 5000 Hz, which adds some brightness to the soundscape.
Note that a longer, 8-minute version will be included in Everglades Soundscapes, a title that will feature a variety of interesting tracks from the park and the neighboring Big Cypress National Preserve.