Australia

Kakadu National Park

Yellow Waters Birds

The 2-hour early morning cruise of the Yellow Waters allows you to see a large variety of water birds. Unlike the 4WD hiking and canoing tour, you don't need any degree of physical fitness to enjoy this part of the park. During the cruise that I took, I saw most of the water birds known to this area. Because it was early in the wet season, the water and therefore the birds were concentrated in a smaller area. As the wet season progresses and the water spreads over the flood plane, the birds spread out and visitors may not see the same great variety.
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If you see a Pied Heron (Ardea picata) watch for the funky neck moves has he/she walks.
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Black-necked Stork (Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus) is Australia's only stork. Is sometimes called a Jabiru, but is unrelated to Jabiru storks in South America and Africa.
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Great Egrets (Ardea alba) are known to defend their feeding areas from other birds.

 
For all of the birds shown here, except the Sea Eagles, both sexes incubate the eggs. For the Sea Eagles, it is only the female.
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Here a Darter (Anhinga melanggaster) is drying his feathers. Darters lack waterproof plummage, and stretch out to dry after they go fishing.
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Comb-crested Jacana (Irediparra gallinacea) are also called "Jesus birds" because from a distance they appear to walk on water. Their extra long toes help them stay atop the leaves of floating water plants.

kakadu-birds3.jpg (16627 bytes) White-bellied Sea-Eagles (Haliaeetus leucogaster) hunt from a perch or while flying. Although the tour guide was quick to identify the birds, I recommend taking at least a small guide book.  You can purchase guides to local wildlife at the Visitor Center, which also has an excellent display on Kakadu.

En Route to Kakadu

Kakadu National Park

Twin Falls

Yellow Waters Salties

Yellow Waters Flora

Kakadu Other Fauna

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