|Kakadu National Park is indicated by the red arrow, a little east of Darwin |
(we live way down in the south-east corner of the continent).
The Tropic of Capricorn is marked, running pretty much across the middle of the map.
|Burrunggui (more generally known, though incorrectly, as Nourlangie Rock) in woodlands, Kakadu NP.|
This site was and is of huge importance to Bininj Mungguy people and contains many significant art sites.
|Chestnut-quilled Rock-Pigeon Petrophassa rufipennis Burrunggui.|
This beautiful sandstone specialist is pretty much restricted to Kakadu.
|Home Billabong at dawn.|
|Yellow Waters Billabong, where the channel opens out.|
|Yellow Waters Billabong.|
|Floodplain reflections, above and below;|
in the photo above can be seen some infrastructure associated with a walking track used in The Dry.
|River Pandanus Pandanus aquaticus, a species always found along streamlines.|
|Paperbarks Melaleuca spp., growing on the flood plain.|
|Water Lily Nymphaea violacea, found across northern Australia and in New Guinea.|
This is a very important plant to local people, who eat roots, stems and seed heads, either raw or cooked.
|Lotus Lily Nelumbo nucifera; also an important plant, for food and medicine, to the Bininj Mungguy.|
Unlike the Water Lily however, this one is also found throughout much of Asia.
|Native Bamboo Bambusa arnhemica; a Top End endemic and one of only three bamboos native to Australia.|
|Livistona benthamii, a palm found in the Top End, Queensland and New Guinea,|
where it is always associated with waterways and flooding.
|Freshwater Mangrove Barringtonia acutangula Family Lecythidaceae.|
Found in seasonally flooded wetlands across northern Australia and into Asia.
|The world's eight jacana species are always a delight;|
the Comb-crested Jacana Irediparra gallinacea is Austalia's only species,
though it is also found in Indonesia and the Philippines.
|Here is a view of the remarkably extended toes which are the key feature of the group|
and which enable to them to famously walk on lily pads.
|Eastern Great Egret Ardea modesta, in full magnificent breeding flush.|
|The sky was criss-crossed with skeins of Glossy Ibis Plegadis falcinellus (above and below)|
more than I'd ever seen before in one place. I have no idea where they were going to or from though.
|White-bellied Sea Eagle Haliaeetus leucogaster, found from India to Australia.|
Always magnificent, this one was set off beautifully by the darkening storm clouds behind it.
|By now, with sheet lightning blazing and thunder rumbling ever more loudly, it was|
time to head for home; a small metal boat on water isn't the best place in such conditions.
|Immediately after this photo was taken, it was definitely time to pack the camera away;|
the boat had a canopy but the now torrential rain was coming in at 45 degrees.
Until then the front seats had seemed a very good place to be...
Tropics in the Wet? Yes please!