Today we started our 2 day 'Kakadu Short Break' with AATKings.
The bus promptly picked us up from the resort and, with Sean at the wheel, we are away. First stop is at 'The Bark Hut Inn' for morning tea, handing out of the park passes and for some, feeding the obliging water buffalo and emus. This is only my second organised bus trip, the first was when I was in 5th or 6th class (approx. 1957), so, as you might expect, I was pretty excited. The first thing I noticed was the driver wouldn't stop every time I saw a new bird or plant but, I suppose he had some sort of timetable to keep to.
Seriously it was all good, well paced and we got to see and learn a lot about the natural and cultural aspects of this part of the country.
|Our transport for the next 2 days.|
|Crossing the South Alligator River. There was a crocodile swimming in the |
river but we couldn't stop as there was a road-train behind us.
|Namarrgon - Lighting Man (figure in top right).|
He wears his lighting as a band around him connecting
his arms legs and head. Stone axes on his knees and
elbows make the thunder.
|Sandstone Pandanus (Pandanus basedowii).|
Aboriginal people use it for medicines, fibre, dye and food.
|This solitary boulder is the feather which Namanjolg's( The Lighting Man)|
sister took from his head-dress after they had broken the incests laws.
She placed it here to show others what they had done . Later she became
the rainbow serpent.
|Jabiru and Pygmy Geese. |
I saw Jabiru closer but the bus had no brakes.
|River Pandanus (Pandanus aquaticus)|
|Look closely and you will see the baby Jacana.|
Ooohhhh, it's so cute.
|A native bamboo, Bambusa arnhemica. You learn something|
new every day.
|A Nankeen Night Heron shakes itself after a bath.|
|Yes, we finally find out where handbags come from.|
|No, I didn't smile at it, just sat in awe that this animal could|
rush the boat, drag me out and have me for breakfast.
|Clockwise from top right: Masked Lapwing,|
immature White-bellied Sea Eagle, Whistling Kite, Darter
and Torresian Crow.
|Clockwise from top: Green Pygmy Geese, Intermediate Egret,|
Plumed Whistle Duck.
|A roof over our heads for the night.|
|Our room at Aurora Kakadu, South Alligator.|
|Part of the grounds at Aurora.|
|Yes, Agile Wallabies do it as well. Would you believe that|
this is the only photo I got to take of a wallaby.
|Screw Pine / Screw Palm (Pandanus spiralis).|
|I passed these 3 signs on the way to the billabong at Aurora,|
I think I was lucky to get back alive.
|The billabong at Aurora from the pontoon.|
|Hello my little friend.|
|Flowers from today: Dryander's Grevillea (red),|
Yellow Kapok and I don't know what I've picked up.
|Lotus Burning. Sunset on the Billabong.|
|Nice way to end a great day.|