After the wonderful Yellow Water Cruise yesterday evening I decided to do the cruise once again, but in the morning. I could imagine that the same cruise will be different. And otherwise the recepionist told me yesterday afternoon, if i have booked the evening cruise i could get the morning cruise for only 25$. So it wasn't a long decision.
So the same procedure like last evening the tour started at the car park where the shuttle picked us up for the short drive to the landing stage of the cruising boats only with other passengers and in the morning of course. I had to get up very early for the cruise. Whether i am a long sleeper, it was it worth again.
The morning mood on the landing stage was wonderful. These silence was overwhelming.
The river was covered with thick waft of mist, which were disappearing very quickly through the power of the rising sun.
After all passengers of the tour has found their seat we were starting again. Afterwards we have let the landing stage behind us the morning sun was welcoming us with a warm glooming light over the horizon.
And whilst we were going slowly over the peaceful river the birdlife showed itself on the riverside of the Yellow Water again.
There were a Australian Darter drying his wings again on one side. It seems to that it hasn't change its place very much.
On the other side a sweet still life of a white heron and ducks which had their heads all in the water looking for booty.
Colorful parrots like a green parrots was flying through the air,
whilst a really large saltwater crocodile was observing every movement of any other animal in its neighborhood with Argus-eyed.
The tourguide was explaining to us that this crocodile was the largest one in this area and it was the alpha leader of the population in this river.
No other male crocodile was allowed to copulate with the female crocodiles in this river. The criteria for the alpha leader by crocodiles is only the size or light of them. So the only chance for the other male crocodiles to become an alpha leader here is to eat more fish.
After we had passed the crocodiles we touched in a side arm of the South Alligator River which was bordered with beautiful carpets of water lilies. The tourguide explained the every part of this plant can be eaten.
And the aboriginal people who has lived here, did it over thousand of years.
After another river curve
we could watch a not so common bird in the Kakadu National Park. The The black-necked stork in Australia called Jabiru, although that name refers to a stork species found in the Americas, is the tallest flying bird, often standing nearly the same height as the flightless and thus much heavier American rhea. The black-necked stork is a large bird, 129–150 cm (51–60 inches) tall having a 230-cm (91-inch) wingspan. The average weight is around 4,100 grams. The plumage patterns are conspicuous with younger birds differing from adults.
And on the other side a pelican was standing a little bit bored.
But maybe it was only watching on the other riverside where a sea-eagle was engulfing a big fish.
An Australian Darter were making strange noises o the other side while we were approaching to it, and it seems that it wanted to say to us this is my reich here.
But it sounds very harmless to me. But not what should happen as the next.
Whilst all the other passenger were watching at the Australian Darter, which were very lose to the boat and making photos with their small pocket cameras, I was directing my Canon 70-200mm objective at a water buffalo which was swimming in the distance.
At the time it was recognizing our boat the buffalo wasn't pleased anymore.
You could really see and feel how it was getting angry very much and fast, while we were approaching it. It seems to me that the buffalo didn't like it very much that we were disturbing its morning bath in its river at this time.
After another angry eye to our boat, while it was stumbling out of the water,
the buffalo was running its head with its horns in the morass at a full power.
Afterwards it was hurling the whole mass of morass with more enormous velocity in the air, I think to show us, where the king is here.
It was a really spectacle to watch this in the free wilderness and showed us the strength of this wild living creature.
After this performance of the nature our boat turned around and went back to the landing stage.
Because of that day was very young, the sunrise tour on the Yellow Water started before sunrise and took only 2 hours, I decided to make another trip until the afternoon when the temperature should reach 38 degrees again. I wanted tu sue the late afternoon when it should become very hot for a rest at the pool.
So the next goal for this day should become the Maguk Gorge which was only around 50 km from the lodge far away.
After a half hour drive over sealed and 18 km unsealed road along terms hills beside the road,
I reached the visitor information site of the Maguk Gorge in the late morning. Because I had recognized that it was really hot at 11 o'clock I took 1,5 liter water with me wheter the gorge should be only a 2 km walk far away. But after this walk I had to learn that I can't extrapolate the amount of water which i need for walk only with the distance and the temperature I will expect. And i learned what dehydration can mean.
The first part of the walk directed me through a beautiful monsoon forrest with butterflies in the air.
The high trees, which were surrounding small billabongs, were spending still enough shadows so that the increasing heat was tolerable to me.
After maybe 20 minutes the forrest cleared and I had to walk through a greek over stocks and stones than cross the river.
The heat was increasing in the more tighten getting gorge because there wasn't protecting trees and the stones were reflecting the warmth from the ground. But I continued walking than i wanted to see the Maguk Gorge with the hopefully beautiful waterfall.
But the stressful walk was it worth. At first I could take a bath in the cool water of the waterhole. And at the second I took a beautiful capture of this beautiful surrounded waterfall at noon.
But so nice it was here so hot was it too.
While I was making my captures on different places here, I was sweating like when you are poring your plants with a watering can. When i was recognizing that i couldn't drink as much I was sweating I decided to go back to the car park.
And I noticed too that i didn't have much water in my bottle. But I thought there are only 2 km to walk. what should happen.
So I started to go back, but couldn't find the right way in the middle of the walk because i didn't see the last walk sign. Luckily I noticed my mistake and went back and could the sigh for the right way. Because it was so hot, I decided to drink my last water in the hope that the carpark isn't so far away and because I had reached the monsoon forest already. But the last part of the way extended so much that I was getting in panic a little bit. And I didn't know if it was a beginning dehydration or was it only the panic itself. I think it was a little bit both of it. Because i noticed a little bit headache and small changes of my consciousness. And I was feeling only the heat which was surrounding me.
But then I could see the car park in a distance and my car of course.And I knew there is a lot of water in it and an air-condition. At first i was taking a bottle of water which I was pouring out on my head. You can't imagine how relieved I was. I drunk at least a half of a bottle of a 1,5 liter at once.
After this small exercise of dehydration I took on my next walks sooner one bottle more in my bag whether the bag became a little bit more heavier. But it can happen so fast. And I understood the warning sign more clearly
After a deserved rest on the pool in the lodge in the afternoon I went to the landing stage of the Yellow Water again at first to make this beautiful moody photo and for the second to say good bye to this wonderful place on earth.
I hope you will enjoy it too.