Sunday, 31 May 2009

Kakadu cont.

More aboriginal rock art sites within Kakadu this morning. We visited Nanguluwar art site then Nourlangie. On the walk to Nanguluwar we came across a Cane toad. Cane toads are a real problem. They were introduced to Australia in the 1930’s and have since spread all across Northern Australia. The problem is that they have glands that excrete a very powerful poison and anything that tries to eat them drops dead usually with the cane toad still in its mouth. They’ve been responsible for the extinction of a number of native Australian animals.  Lots of people kill cane toads on sight. We let this one go. The opinion was that it’s not his fault he’s a cane toad.
Tim the guide was telling us that on his last tour they came across a Death Adder just off the path here. Death Adders are about as pleasant as they sound. They are number 4 or 5 on the list of the world’s deadliest snakes. Incidentally, Kakadu also has numbers 1,2,3.

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After lunch we took another boat trip, this time on the South Alligator river. This trip took us across the flood plain of the river – one of Kakadu’s wetland areas.  I’ve never seen so much bird life in one place. Sea Eagles, Jabirus, Rainbow Bee-eaters, Egrets were just some of the different birds we spotted. We also saw many more large saltwater crocodiles than we did on the East Alligator yesterday.

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