TALK about living life on the edge.
Two crocodiles who live in the Mowbray River were busy sunning themselves on Sunday at 2.30pm when this white egret got just a little too close for one of the reptiles liking.
As the egret was spearing small fish for his lunch, it moved within less than a metre of the Croc, which turned around and ever so slowly moved toward the egret letting him know to get out of “his face” or he would be lunch.
As witnessed by the Gazette there were a number of tourists and locals who held their breath hard when the slightly smaller 2.5m croc, who was lying completely still on the mud flat all of a sudden leapt “to life”.
He lunged in ambush towards the egret which madly had to flap its wings to execute a madcap escape.
The croc then stayed just below the water line with its nostrils only sticking out of the water watching the egret but the bird decided not to push its luck and moved on.
Meanwhile, the larger croc estimated to be about 3m, was also sunning itself before it left the muddy bank and quietly slipped beneath water and was also keeping an eye on the egret and larger fish jumping near it.
Tourists and locals the Gazette spoke to agreed that seeing these animals interacting in the wild was an experience they would never forget.
Living on the edge: the crocs and a brave white egret with another croc in the background looking on at the Mowbray River on Sunday at 2.30pm.