Monday, August 29, 2016

Jaq-ing up companions along the creek


Here's my friend Jaq (gender-neutral), Comb-crested Jacana (Irediparra gallinacea). We enjoy long chats by the final Water Hyacinth pool where Palm Creek's eastern fork dribbles out over 100 hectares of hymenachne at Mungalla Station. Jaq shares the pool with a shy little Saltwater Crocodile and - recently- a sun-loving big Water Python. Plus about 20 other bird species. I talk to all, but Jaq's the one that sticks around.

Sunbathing on the banks of the creek a bit upstream most mornings these days is a biggish Saltie, not a chatty type but willing to listen across 40 metres of water. But shouting from 50m just isn't the same as jesting quietly with Jaq.

No comments: