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.


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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