Rather than go on a buta (pig) hunt like good ol’ Frank Delima’s song, today we went on a croc hunt in the Mary River Wetlands. We took a boat in search of the elusive estuarine or saltwater crocodile. And, boy, we were not disappointed. We were also lucky enough to spot the freshwater crocodile and many of Australia’s native birds.
Even after all this time, I still can’t get over that the animals are everywhere. Despite the vastness of the country, wildlife is all around us. As we cruised along in our boat, we passed all types of birds. There were many that I’d never seen before and that I couldn’t even begin to name. Some looked like hawks; others looked like storks.
We puttered farther up the river and found ourselves several salties that were baking in the sun. I’d never seen crocs in the wild before, and it was pretty thrilling to think that these killing machines were so nearby. Apparently crocs have remained unchanged since the time of the dinosaurs because they’re so good at what they do.
|Slide Album: Croc Hunt|