the other side of the Barratt Creek Bridge lies a
wildlife world that few people ever get to see. This
is where the crocodiles nest and where the rare and
secretive bird species can be found.
Prior to the time when wildlife boats started visiting
the Daintree River tributaries very little was know
about the crocodile bird, the Great-billed Heron.
Hardly anything was known about their calls, their
nesting habits, clutch sizes, juvenile plumages and
even what they ate. Despite the significant
geographical range of these big herons no one had been
able to get close enough for long enough to observe
them. At the time they were on the vulnerable species
list and visiting birdwatchers were keen to see
Great-billed Herons. Gradually the Daintree wildlife
guides filled in all the gaps including the first ever