Photographs and Adventures

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.

Sleeping net, Aurora Kakadu

 

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.

Brutus, a huge territorial male crocodile

Lunch for one of the girls

Rogue male crocodile

 

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.

Jakana. Look at the size of those feet!

 

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.

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4 responses

  1. Wow, these are amazing photos. I used to have a Rottweiler named Brutus, but he wasn’t nearly as scary as this fella. 🙂 If there are mosquitoes, I certainly wouldn’t be sleeping there. 🙂

    October 29, 2012 at 9:06 am

    • Thanks! They are scary looking creatures. You are certainly not tempted to swim in the water up there no matter how hot it gets.

      October 29, 2012 at 3:32 pm

  2. Fabulous photos. I saw a MONSTER salt water croc hiking in Panama. Surprised us and got our full attention! I don’t think that mosquito net will do much to dissuade the crocagators though! 🙂

    November 10, 2012 at 12:26 pm

  3. Thanks Cindy. And thank you for visiting my blog!

    November 16, 2012 at 7:20 am

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