Daintree Rainforest A Success

 

Well on the 10th September I travelled to the Daintree Rainforest, near Cows bay.Leaving launceston airport at 6.20am arriving in Melbourne airport at 7.20am to arrive in Cairns at 12.30pm.Hired a car a new LT Commodore, very smooth nice drive to Daintree ferry, to cross the Daintree river and on to Cow bay, where my accommodation was.

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Daintree Ferry
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On the road at Cow bay

 

I found heaps of bugs and spiders and birds, shame I didnt have more time here, but we cant all live like kings aye!

Tell you a story –

While venturing down below the Jindalba Boardwalk about 50 metres awayon a natural track,  I was taking some shots of bugs when I came to a big tree trunk and on the side of that tree trunk was some funny black fern bush.

I went closer and turned round the tree trunk when this bloody big bird was looking evil at me about arms length away and made this loud noise from its throat like a v8 motor idling.It was a Cassowary, these are the third-tallest and second-heaviest living bird.
The inner or second of the three toes is fitted with a long, straight, murderous nail which can sever an arm or disembowel an abdomen with ease. There are many records of natives on islands being killed by this bird.
I was so shocked that I felt the hairs on my neck stickup and I froze and slowly dribbled as i was too scared to swallow, thats how close I was to it. In the distance about 50 metres behind me up on boardwalk a caretaker of the forest started a leafblower and it ignored me and stood frozen looking in which direction the leafblower was.
I slowly moved backward about a metre and a half and got some good shots. I thanked the caretaker later. In footage you can hear the leafblower.
Footage here  View Here

 

Places visited – Cow Bay, Cape Kimberley, Cape Tribulation, Thornton Beach, Daintree Village, Diwan, Noah beach, Insect museum, Icecream factory, Cow Hotel, Daintree Rainforest Retreat motel, Daintree Eco stays, Forest creek, Lower Dintree, Mossman.

I like to thank Dan Irby from  Dan Irby’s Mangrove Adventures, A great bloke, and If you ever get to this beautiful part of Australia, look for Dan Irby’s Mangrove Adventures and you wont be sorry, very informative, takes you close and an all round nice guy.

If your not aware, you cant swim in the water at the beaches or rivers, due to saltwater crocodiles and freshwater crocodiles. which is a shame as there are beautiful beaches.

Its safe to walk on the beaches, just wouldnt go in the water over ya knees.

Here are some more of my images I took at Daintree.

Like to thank Scott Phillips also for a lend of his Canon ringlight for my macro work.

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