Day 5/35 – Part 3/5

Yellow River Sunrise Cruise

The Sea Eagle we saw earlier in the tree, has caught a fish, that he is trying to eat in between some bushes.

White-bellied Sea Eagle

It’s not easy to photograph him wel. There are always branches and trunks obscuring the view.

White-bellied Sea Eagle

Soon other birds of pray try to steel the fish. The Eagle tries to go further into the shrubs, but the fish is too heavy for that.

White-bellied Sea Eagle

The other two birds have no chance to get it, because the Eagle is a lot bigger. Pity I do not succeed to photograph him well.

White-bellied Sea Eagle

Not long after a Cormorant tries to save a fresh catch. He can barely stay airborne.

Cormorant

Succeeded!

Cormorant

While we are sailing past him I can shoot a couple of photographs of him…

Cormorant

…wrestling with the catfish to get it inside of him.

Cormorant

Then Hank is looking very angry at us. He doesn’t like it at all that we are in ’his’ part of the river.

Saltwater Crocodile

He decides to accompany us for a while.

Saltwater Crocodile

And not just for a couple of meters…

Saltwater Crocodile

…but for a long stretch of river.

Saltwater Crocodile

Then he turns around and goes into battle position. We are done. The guide is very careful with this one and he doesn’t like the situation. We are warned to go to the other side of the vessel should the Croc come any closer. Crocs are very opportunistic and the fragile fence around the boat can not withstand his weight should he jump out of the water. Then he roares at us.

Saltwater Crocodile

He grumbles some more and gives us some more space. He does stay close, until we sail away. Suddenly, a fish makes a backward somersault over his mouth. He tries to grab it by instinct, but misses.

Saltwater Crocodile

Unbelievable if you think of it, that he seriously goes for a big vessel like this.

Saltwater Crocodile

Saltwater Crocodiles are extremely territorial and tolerate nothing at all in ’their’ area, well, except for females.

Saltwater Crocodile

Strange is that he doesn’t look that large at all from where I am standing. Larger than 2 meters they are already dangerous to people. A while ago they saw this Croc pull a 250 pound pig from the shore by surprise.

The largest Crocodile they used to have here was 8.5 meters long weighing well over 3000 kilo. In the north east of Australia, one of almost 10 meters long was surprised on the shore and killed. He was so heavy they couldn’t move it at all and just had to leave it there. Pity. Curious how heavy that animal must have been. A real monster for sure. Imagine you would run into such a thing by accident, brrr

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