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Brolgas are a type of crane (Grus rubicunda). Their population is stable and ranges over north and eastern areas of Australia, plus some areas of Papua New Guinea.

The brolga is not migratory. It is an omnivorous species and quite opportunistic.

Brolgas pair up for breeding purposes. Females will generally lay 2 eggs. Juveniles slowly develop the adult and conspicuous red markings over two to three years.

While in the Mary River looking for crocodiles, we came across this pair with a juvenile in tow. Not one to turn down an opportunity, I got in some photos of the family as they waded amongst the lilies.