Rising before the crack of dawn to get on a small boat and spot birds was a bit like going for that early morning dive before breakfast; you wonder why you're doing it... and then you get amongst it and you're so happy to be there, well that's how it was for me.
This was my first focussed attempt at putting the sound, shape and name of a bird together; but on a serious note Chris Dahlberg and a few of the other members of our party really knew their birds. Chris has been running tours since 1992 and has taken part in many media productions.
I was a little intimidated, not only because I didn't know anything, but my pocket camera looked like a joke next to telescopic lenses and zooms that could take brilliant photos compared to my blury offerings that I liken to Van Gogh paintings.
During the two hour tour we continued to see and hear more and more birds. Chris' knowledge was extensive, he talked about where birds originated from, described migration habits, predatory influences, male and female differences in the same bird, pointed out the bird call used to warn of a crocodile sighting, and so much more.
Birds sighted: Spectacled Flying Fox, Australian Brush Turkey, Little Pied Cormorant, Great Billed Heron, Little Egret, Cattle Egret, Great Egret, Striated Heron, Australian White Ibis, Royal Spoonbill, Black-ecked Stork, Masked Lapwing, Whistling Kite, Top-knot Pigeon, Rainbow Lorikeet, Double-eyed Fig-parrot, Papuan Frogmouth, Australian Swiftlet, Azure Kingfisher, Little Kingfisher, Forest Kingfisher, Sacred Kingfisher, Rainbow Bee-eater, Large-billed Gerygone, Helmeted Friarbird, Leaden Flycatcher, Shining Flycatcher, Spectacled Monarch, Yellow Oriole, Varied Triller, Welcome Swallow, Tree Martin.
The river itself was beautiful; Chris was a map maker, so as we darted in out of the river's many forks and dead ends I felt confident that he would get us back home.
Thanks Chris for a wonderul eye opening bird filled morning journey.