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Bindi and her family are on their annual trip to study crocodiles. The nature reserve is a beautiful place, but vvith all the crocodiles around, it can be dangerous too. So when Bindi and Robert...
Bindi and her family are on their annual trip to study crocodiles. The nature reserve is a beautiful place, but vvith all the crocodiles around, it can be dangerous too. So when Bindi and Robert...
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  • Bindi and her family are on their annual trip to study crocodiles. The nature reserve is a beautiful place, but vvith all the crocodiles around, it can be dangerous too. So when Bindi and Robert stumble upon a mysterious campsite, they decide to check it out. Are the campers in trouble—or up to no good? Exciting Animal Fact Files included in every book!

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    Chapter One

    Bindi and Robert Irwin tiptoed through the bushland.

    "Was that...?" asked Robert, looking up at a nearby stringybark tree.

    "Shhhh!" replied Bindi.

    Way off in the distance, an unusual drumming sound could be heard.

    "We're getting closer," whispered Bindi, and brother and sister continued tracking the noise.

    The Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve first thing in the morning was a hive of activity. Cockatoos were squawking, lizards were scuttling, and crocs were lurking in the nearby waters of the Wenlock River. Having been woken by the pre-dawn chorus of birds, the siblings were now stalking the elusive palm cockatoo, a beautiful coal-black cockatoo with a large floppy crest and shiny red cheeks that looked like they'd been painted on by an overexcited three-year-old.

    Finally the duo found the source of the repetitive drumming. It was a remarkable sight. The cheeky palm cockatoo was holding on to a stick with his claw and banging it against a tree branch, deep in concentration.

    Robert was amazed. "I thought you were making it up, Bindi!" he said.

    "If you ever need a drummer for your bush band, little buddy, now you know who to ask." She smiled.

    "But why do they do it?" asked Robert.

    "It's to sound out their territory. He's telling the other birds that this is where he lives and not to take him on."

    "Cool," said Robert.

    "Super cool," agreed Bindi.

    A second later the drumming stopped. A flock of nearby cockatoos squawked loudly and rose like an angry cloud into the clear blue sky. The trill of a great bowerbird could be heard, sounding as though he was complaining about his noisy neighbors.

    "Something's got the birds annoyed," said Robert.

    Bindi was looking in the direction of the dirt track. "I think I can hear a four-wheel drive coming."

    "We weren't expecting any more of the croc-tagging team today, were we?" asked Robert.

    "Don't think so," replied Bindi.

    Each year the siblings and a team of expert crocodile handlers visited the Steve Irwin Wildlife Reserve to conduct research into crocodile behavior. The Cape York Peninsula was crocodile heaven, and the kids thought it was a pretty perfect place to be as well. This was their favorite classroom in the world, and they loved being able to sit outdoors under towering eucalypts, watching the Australian bush put on its daily performance.

    This was remote country-the nearest town, Weipa, was over 50 miles of rough terrain away, so it was unusual to get visitors just dropping in.

    "Should we hang around and say g'day?" asked Robert. "It doesn't sound like the ranger's truck."

    Bindi looked at her brother, feeling unsettled. "I wonder who it could be."

    The cockatoos still hadn't returned to their gum trees.

    "I reckon we should blend into the bush and see who these fellas are," suggested Robert.

    Bindi smiled. "You're on. First one up the tree's the winner."

    The kids raced off to find the perfect tree to climb...although neither could shake the feeling that this unexpected visitor may not be welcome here.

About the Author-

  • 17-year-old Bindi Irwin is an international award-winning wildlife conservationist and celebrity who has inherited her father's passion for wildlife and wild places. Born to Wildlife Warriors Steve and Terri Irwin, Bindi was quite literally born on television!

    In 2007, Bindi launched her clothing range, Bindi Wear International, in Las Vegas, and that same year she was awarded two Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards, Fave Aussie and Biggest Greenie. Also in 2005, Bindi launched her very own TV show, Bindi the Jungle Girl. Bindi won an Emmy in 2008 and was nominated for an Emmy again in 2009.

    Bindi has co-created a range of books called Bindi Wildlife Adventures which have been launched in Australia, New Zealand in 2010 and the US in 2011.
    Released early 2010, Bindi played the lead-role in her first full-length feature film, Free Willy: Escape from Pirate's Cove and starred in her first cinema release film Return to Nim's Island in 2013!

    Bindi has dedicated her life to wildlife conservation and inspiring the next generation to make a difference in the world. She is a strong believer in kid empowerment and looks forward to spreading this message through her international filming work.

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  • Lisa Reviews "I also love how well this book gets kids into animal conservation also by raising their awareness of animals they don't encounter every day."
  • CPA Mom Blogspot "Now I have found the next set of books I am going to be buying for my 7 year old - seriously! We read this book (book 7) together - I read it out loud, intending to stop after a few chapters but we both couldn't put it down so we read the whole thing at once. . . It's a completely believable and exciting (for a 7 year old) story about the siblings with plenty of learning as well (about the animals found in the reserve). I say "GOOD ON YOU" Bindi for carrying on your father's work with people of all ages. I look forward to many more books from you."
  • A Patchwork of Books Blog "A quick and easy read, the story is an excellent intro to mysteries for young readers and has great facts about crocodiles woven in."
  • The Write Path "This is such a cute book, and very easy for a younger reader to enjoy. It will take them to the wilds of Australia and they will learn about all sorts of native animals. A big plus is that at the end of the book there are pages of fact files and pictures so kids can learn even more about the animals.Full of adventure, this book will take the reader on a journey."
  • Living to Tell the Story "I found this a cute story that also taught about the animal world. Animal and conservation facts were woven into the story in a very natural manner. There is a section in the back that goes into more detail about the specific animals mentioned in the story."

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