Every photographer has a few photos stored in their "mind's eye" which they hope one day to capture. One of mine has long been to capture an alligator making short work of its prey and today I had an opportunity to scratch that item off my bucket list.
Living in South Florida, I am a short drive from the Florida Everglades and visit there frequently. Today I was at Anhinga Trail in the Florida Everglades when I came across this 7 footer which had just crawled out of the water with a large fish in its jaws. Apparently exhausted by the hunt, the gator just sat there motionless for nearly 10 minutes and then he began to toss the fish in the air multiple times trying to get it oriented where he could swallow it head first. Already prefocused and with my exposure set, I composed my shot and clicked my shutter and was rewarded with.........nothing but an error message " empty battery".
Stupid me. Wanting to travel light I had left everything but my camera in my vehicle. Normally I always carry at least a spare memory card and battery in my pocket but in a moment of laziness didn't take the 15 seconds to do so this time. What was really upsetting was that the gator did not swallow the fish on his first attempt, nor his second, so I would have had plenty of time to change my battery and get my shot. LESSON LEARNED.