Yellow Waters at the Alligator Rivers
(Crocs-R-Us)

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This was an extraordinary wetland. Here is one of its prominent species, Melaleuca leucodendron. The grassy mats in the floating "understory' were mainly buffalograss. It is a refuge during the dry winter season where water is scarce in the surrounding landscape. You can see the watermarks on the trunks at least two meters above the winter water level. This melaleuca swamp begins to flood with the onset of the monsoon in November. Our guides said this is called the "sucicide season" because the humidity climbs for weeks before it rains rains rains.
In two hours, we saw 19 species of birds, all of which blended remarkably with their backgrounds. This darter (Anhinga melanogaster) is showing the typical "wing drying" posture when perched.
This is 9 meters of Crocodilus porosus or a "saltwater crocodile." the males are territorial and consider a canoe to be a rival. The species has been known to eat humans. This poor beast had a tough time as the evening wore on. As he went out to hunt for dinner, he met a pair of storks who whacked him unmercifully on the head with their massive sharp beaks. The croc appeared to be passing by their fishing station, but the storks reacted to his presence aggressively. The water lily is Nelumbo nucifera.