August 19, 2016 11:30am
Donna Drexler captured this saltwater crocodile chomping down on a wallaby in the billabong behind her house in Gunbalanya.
Poor skippy never stood a chance.
When a 4m-plus monster comes hunting for an early dinner … it’s going to end in bloodbath.
And that is exactly what happened at Gunbalanya’s town billabong on Wednesday afternoon when this fully grown wallaby was swallowed whole by the fiercest of predators. And it wasn’t pretty.
The images were captured late afternoon by budding photographer Donna Drexler as she and her partner sat on her back balcony which overlooks the billabong.
“We came home from work and were sitting on the balcony enjoying a cuppa, when I thought I saw a dead buffalo in the billabong,” Ms Drexler said. “We got in the car and drove closer down the road to the billabong .. and we just saw this croc all of a sudden that flew out of the water.
“It had the wallaby in its mouth and it was thrashing its head side to side.
“Then he swallowed it whole. It took him about 30 seconds to do that. Nature is nature.”
Ms Drexler, who has lived in Gunbalanya for seven months and in the Territory for 20 years, says this is the first time she has seen a crocodile so brazen in the wild.
“I’ve never seen anything like it.
“The croc was a monster. You can see in the photos there are other crocs around probably waiting to get in, but he was definitely the boss croc.
“I think when I saw what looked like the dead buffalo it was actually the crocodile drowning the wallaby at the time.
“It was a fully grown wallaby. It must have gone to the billabong to get a drink and was just at the wrong place at the wrong time.”
The West Arnhem region is known for its monster crocodile population.
Large crocodiles fighting over territory are often seen at the local Gunbalanya billabong, near Injalak Hill.
Source : NT News