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Kakadu National Park cont...

Continuing our visit to Kakadu National Park we dragged ourselves out of bed at the unearthly hour of 04.15 to drive to the Yellow River for the 2 hour dawn cruise

 

It's 06.30 and Laurie's just perked up, there's a chance of kingfishers!!

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The now familiar signs warning of crocodiles.

 

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He's at it again.....

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Yes the moon is still high in the sky..we should be in bed!  ..zzzz..

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ah...the signs weren't joking.  This was the first of many, the largest we saw was three and a half metres long and picking a fight with our boat!

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The wildlife was just waking up too

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beautiful lilies

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A cormorant drying his feathers after early morning fishing.  Laurie still looking for kingfishers!

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Who's watching who?

 

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Birds of prey everywhere

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Seven week old Jabaroo's

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Magpie geese

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a rare night heron

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Eureka!  After 11 years (it's a long story -click) Laurie bags his wild kingfisher...break out the bubbly!!

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Another kingfisher..Laurie's died and gone to heaven!

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he's posing!

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..another kingfisher!

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he's getting picky now "I wish they were in a slightly better light"

Our two hours on the Yellow River were a real highlight and well worth the early rise.

Twin Falls

On to Twin Falls which requires some pretty rough driving taking some 4 hours driving for the round trip.

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This is the road
(a better part where we could keep the camera still for a photo)

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Our first river crossing.  We trusted the advice that our vehicle would get through without too much trouble as wading through the water to test the depth didn't seem a good idea.
(and Kairen wouldn't do it)

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Here we go...

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The water is up the side of the doors, but we keep going and out the other side...phew!

 

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Our destination reached

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A boat takes us up river closer to the falls

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we are the only people there!

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This float has been used to monitor the crocodile activity.  The smaller holes are caused by freshwater crocs, the big ones by the infamous man-eating salties.

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the beautiful approach to the falls

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the falls eventually come into sight

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the boat can go no further so we set off on the walk (alone!)

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Oh no! Laurie's near water with his camera gear.

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this floating bridge is the only way into the falls

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'Livingstone I presume'

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