Sunday, July 7, 2013

Sneaky Salty stalks lucky ducky

Looking sharp on wee mud island in Mungalla Station lagoon yesterday, small Saltwater Crocodile yawns in the sun. Sneaky saurian eyed a snoozing Pink-eared Duck for long time. Slithered closer. Closer still. Eased into water. Duck peered about. Shifted from water's edge. Peered about. Shifted. Peered. Shifted. Shifted. Peered. Eased into water. Paddled slowly off. Missed eyes breaking surface two metres back. Paddled. Eyes follow. Paddled. Eyes closer. Paddled over shallower water. Eyes turn away. Anticlimax. But absorbing. 

Long way off, the first migratory shore bird of the season sighted, male Pacific Golden Plover (Pluvialis fulva) still in full northern breeding plumage. Scores more will be on the way.

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