Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Here are some more pictures that.......

.......didn't make it into the other stories about our holiday to Darwin. First is of a small Wallaby taken at Katherine Gorge. These little creatures live around this area in their hundreds, completely un-afraid of humans, they seem to enjoy nibbling on dry twigs. We saw many dead ones on the roadside too, hit by passing traffic and laying there until their carcass is eaten by some of the many different birds, the biggest of them being the wedge tailed eagle (which in itself is in danger of being hit by cars while having their dinner) One of the things that I watched while sitting in the passenger seat was the whistling kites and hawks circling a spot fire on the side of the road, waiting for small rodents and lizards to flee the flames only to be swept up in the birds beaks for a tasty breakfast. Talk about "out of the frying pan and into the fire" Which would be the worse fate ??


The next picture is fruit bats sleeping during the daylight hours. This is also at Katherine Gorge (you may have to click on the picture to see them) We were told that they stay for about 2 weeks and the move on to Mataranka when the food supply runs out at Katherine. The odour of the "droppings" is terrible (to put it mildly) and if you are unlucky enough to be in the line of fire one could drop right down on your head. I'm so glad we don't get them in S.A.


Last but not least, another of the huge termite mounds.

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