Watch out for the crocs!
Aurora Kakadu won the prize so far for having the greatest number of mozzies and midges per capita. We have invested in several mozzie coils and a new natural sandfly and mozzie spray, so we will see how we go.
One intrepid camper set up with just a mozzie net hanging from a tree branch with his bed inside. Not sure if he survived the night without being eaten alive!
The crocodile photos were all taken on a jumping croc cruise down the Adelaide River, which was a pretty amazing experience. They feed the crocs and get them to leap right out of the water which is incredible when you are sitting just a few inches away through the glass, or you can go up on the top deck and have a view from above. This was without doubt one of the best value experiences we have had on this trip.
This old male crocodile was absolutely huge, over 6 metres long and very dark in colour. His teeth were yellowed and many were missing. The guide told us that crocs can regrow their teeth over and over, but when they are very old (80 years?), the teeth don’t regrow any more and the animal won’t live a lot longer because he won’t be able to eat. This old rogue croc was new to this part of the river, and may have lost his territory to a younger male, and so been forced out on his own.
Fogg Dam is a wetland and refuge for thousands and thousands of birds, including magpie geese, herons, ducks, masked lapwings, and lots of other birds, but the most fascinating for us was the comb crested Jakana that has huge feet with very long toes that mean it can walk on water lily leaves, and it looks as though it is walking on water.