Day 5/35 – Part 2/5

Yellow Water Sunrise Cruise

And it goes on and on. Here a nice Ibis…

White Ibis

…and a large White-bellied Sea Eagle on the lookout.

White-bellied Sea Eagle

These are Wandering Whistling Ducks. They make these soft and sweet whistles all the time.

Wandering Whistling Ducks

An area with water lillies…

Yellow River

…where we see a beautiful bird with big feet to walk easily on the water plants, a Comb-crested Jacana.

Comb-crested Jacana

What seems to be a duck at first sight, proves to be a Green Pygme Goose.

Green Pygme Goose

We head back to the Jacana, because it has a couple of ducklings with it.

Comb-crested Jacana

Quite special to see these like this according to the guide. Usually they are hidden well between the water plants. It takes a while for us to get a proper view on them. Here is one on the right.

Comb-crested Jacana

Then, finally one that is clear of plants, left on the photo. They are very small.

Comb-crested Jacana

Soon after she decides not to like the vessel…

Comb-crested Jacana

…and sends the ducklings back into the safety of the water plant forest.

Comb-crested Jacana

A bit further we first see the chin of a Crocodile above the surface. That soon disappears under water and we see lots of bubbles coming up. Then a lot of wild splashings. Not long after two Crocodiles surface. Apparently they were mating.

Saltwater Crocodile

This is the largest Croc in this area, 4.5 meters long and 750 kilo.

Saltwater Crocodile

He is the dominant male in this part of the river. Other males are not allowed here, but all females are welcome.

Saltwater Crocodile

On shore a coupling of Plumed Whistling Ducks.

Plumed Whistling Ducks