Kakadu locals steal the spotlight

My audience on this sunny morning included a barrk (black wallaroo)

My audience on this sunny morning included a barrk (black wallaroo)

This badbong (rock wallaby) certainly gives you an idea of the size of the rocks!

This badbong (rock wallaby) certainly gives you an idea of the size of the rocks!

Since moving to Kakadu to be a seasonal ranger, I’ve found myself talking with crowds from all over the country and all over the world. The best turnout though is when the locals decide to come down to listen too.

My morning talks at Ubirr art site in the north of Kakadu are often attended by a curious badbong  (rock wallaby) or two.

While at morning talks around Nourlangie – further to the south – lovely endemic barrk (black wallaroos) like to eat their breakfast and watch while I tell visitors creation stories.

At the other end of the spectrum, big gingas (estuarine crocodiles) have started regularly coming to hear about wetland habitats on my Wednesday afternoon tours on the Yellow Water Boardwalk. This one was around three metres long – and hung around three metres away from the pontoon – stealing my spotlight!

Ginga (estaurine crocodile) | Try giving a visitor talk with this scene-stealer in the background!

Ginga (estaurine crocodile) | Try giving a visitor talk with this scene-stealer in the background!

Emily, Seasonal ranger, Kakadu National Park

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