JBL Expedition 2015 – Day 13: Crocodiles and Termites

In the morning at 7:00 a.m. we took off again. On the trip to the Barry Springs Nature Park, 50 km away, we saw our first road trains. This is what they call trucks with up to 4 trailers in Australia.

Unfortunately Barry Springs was marked by warning signs and inaccessible due to crocodiles. The guide recommended us to keep a five metre distance from to the river since crocodiles can move very quickly. Although we didn’t spot any of them we stuck to the warning and didn’t enter the water. Despite the fact that Heiko wanted to dive. The beautiful landscape with palms and many colourful birds was more than compensation.

On the way to the next destination we stopped at some large termite mounds (about 200) at the edge of the road. The visible mound was only the material the termites had excavated to make the subterranean burrow, the guide explained. The total size is actually twice as big. The termites never leave the mound. The excavation serves as a solar plant and heats up the mound. The mound structure of this termite species runs from north to south. The cathedral-like mounts had a diameter of one to two meters. We were really impressed.

At last we reached Florence Falls after another two hour trip. The water was relatively clear and we found rainbow fish, catfish and perches. Here Heiko was finally able to dive and to take pictures of many interesting fish.

At Buley Rock Hole we found the first gobies in the water holes. After the sun disappeared, hundreds of frogs came up and were forced to pass through a storm of camera flashes. The first thing we did when we arrived at the camp at about 7 p.m. (Mount Bundy Station at the Adelaide River) was to cook together.

© 24.10.2015
Matthias Wiesensee
Matthias Wiesensee
M.Sc. Wirtschaftsinformatik
JBL GmbH & Co. KG

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