Daintree caught on camera
THE Daintree river is full of life, with lots of juvenile crocodiles, flocks of birds, schools of fish and even curious sharks.
When television star and Australian Reptile Park operations manager Tim Faulkner came to the region to do some filming he decided to check out crocodiles in a natural habitat.
Co-founder of the NQ Crocodile Protection Society Matt Cornish, who used to work with Mr Faulkner and remains friends, thought the Daintree River would be the perfect location, and said the results were amazing.
‘‘He was filming for his Channel 9 program and we also wanted to go out croc-spotting to see how many crocodiles are in there and if there were any breeding patterns,’’ Mr Cornish said.
‘‘We found a lot of really small crocodiles. We saw some that would have been seven to eight months-old, which was fantastic. They were feeding on lots of small fish and we actually saw a shark moving around upstream as well.
‘‘ Fish numbers are absolutely pumping, which is a direct correlation to crocodiles, and to see the river like that was breathtaking.’’
Although Mr Faulker is used to milking deadly spiders and snakes, and wrestling saltwater crocodiles, Mr Cornish said he and his crew were impressed with seeing nature at its wildest.
‘‘We had people on the film crew who don’t work with wildlife and were absolutely astonished and amazed at what they saw,’’ Mr Cornish said.
‘‘The Daintree is such a rich habitat and all the symbiotic relationships do revolve around crocodiles as the key predator keeping them in touch.
‘‘Filming on the Daintree promotes natural Australia, to show people what the country should be like. If we preserve our ecosystem the whole world will run better. The whole lifestyle revolves around crocodiles up there.’’
On their cruise with the Daintree River Cruise Centre, they also filmed a few females up on the banks, possibly scratching up nests, and discussed the NQ Crocodile Protection Society and the current crocodile removal strategy.
The Wildlife of Tim Faulkner airs on Channel 9 every Sunday at noon and the Daintree episode is expected to air in six to nine months’ time.
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