Dan­ger­ous lia­sions

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

Photo by AN­THONY CAPOGRECO

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.

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