Thursday, June 11, 2009

Sunrise at Yellow Waters

I am already half awake when Luke calls – I get up, dress, grab coffee, pack the rest of my stuff and clean out my cabin, and soon we are on our way to our early morning cruise on Yellow Waters.
There is a faint light on the eastern sky as we reach our destination – the boat ramp at Yellow Waters. We are the first ones there, and we walk along the boardwalk to take in the early morning beauty!
It is a magical place – as we board the boat we are seated up front, and have full view of the sky as it slowly lights up in soft yellow, orange and lavender – big flocks of birds fly by in formation as we quietly glide along as the birds wake up and fill the air with their calls.
We spot crocodiles floating in the water as old logs, almost invisible. The water is completely smooth and reflects the sky and the trees like a mirror in the soft morning light – and as the sun slowly moves up over the horizon the birds become more active, and the crocodiles starts moving up on the shores, as the sun starts to warm up the air.
The many beautiful water lilies starts opening up as the sun kisses them, and the Comb-crested Jacanas (Lotusbirds) are busy catching insects as the seemingly walk on water, gracefully moving from one Lily leaf to another on their big feet. We see several adults with their little chicks tucked up under their wings, looking so funny with only their enormous feet sticking out!
Up high in a tree we see a big Black-necked Stork nest with the pair doing their greeting dance – they have chicks and every time one of them return to the nest they will greet each other with a little dance!
This is probably one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited, and the birdlife and wildlife is just spectacular! The time flew by way too fast, and our 2-hour cruise came to an end, so we got off and we walked back over to the car, to head for the next stop of the day.

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