Friday, May 6, 2011

Sunning croc not up to smiling

No super smile at Macknade wetland near Ingham today but at least this Saltwater Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) stayed sunning long enough for a few pictures.


First sighted and spooked the 2.5-3m croc after being distracted by a Brown Goshawk harassed by Willie Wagtails and Spangled Drongos.


Went back two hours later and found croc content to sit still so long as I stayed in the car, on a sugar cane track 25 metres across the water. More and better another day, I hope!  
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5 comments:

mick said...

Tony! You say the croc was content to stay still - if it were me I would be content to stay still - in the car!

Snail said...

What a lovely big croc! I say this with great delight because I'm a very long way away.

Gouldiae said...

Aw, c'mon Tony, couldn't you get a closer shot than that?
To think that something as beautiful as a bird evolved from something as ? as a reptile!
Nice stuff.
Regards,
Gouldiae.

Tyto Tony said...

Hi guys: Not much danger with crocs on other side of water. Once in Kakadu, however, I wandered between camping areas and turned on hearing a cough to see big croc emerge from muddy hole right beside track I'd just crossed. It showed no sinister intent, but made me a safer stalker.

Denis Wilson said...

Hi Tony,
Nice story in the comments. Glad you are around to recount it.
I'm with the others - the best bit is the water between you and the Croc.
But its great to see one so well photographed.
Cheers
Denis