If we thought our previous morning starts were early, then we had to think again today. At 5 we were rolling the swags, so we could breakfast and catch the tide into Camp Creek. Idyllic Kimberley scenery rolled along the river banks, sulphur-crested cockatoos and herons clung to trees waiting for the morning sunshine, raptors glided overhead, while we wove gracefully through the channel to reach the end of the inlet.
We formed a chain to unload quickly onto the rocks, before Greg had to take the Kimberley Xplorer out into deeper water. Our camp is along the southern edge of a great red rock cliff, with water in noisy rapids and falls whizzing past, finding its way around delicate clumps of grasses that somehow grow there.
After cooling off in our handy spa I went exploring towards the billabong, home of one freshwater crocodile. This was the the only thing I saw, a Merton's Water Monitor …..
Later while others were fishing I discovered the mudskippers and watched these tiny clowns totally enthralled. How fascinating to see little creatures that remind us of how life moved from the sea to the land.
Tides right now are quite small, only about 3-4 metres, so where we had landed was eventually very far above waterline.
Dragonflies were busy doing their stuff all along the edge of the water …. more wonderful creatures to watch …
In the heat of the afternoon we sat on the edge of the big pool, cooling our feet and soaking up the ambiance of the paperbarks and waterlilies.
Very cute tiny waterlilies ….
and I played around with some camera settings ….
A curious Whistling Kite watched the fishing ….