Whether it is graceful sea eagles ‘fishing’ on Yellow Water Billabong, or the remarkable ‘Jesus Bird’ seemingly walking on water, or local favourites such as the Jabiru and the tiny, but vividly beautiful, Kingfisher birds, Kakadu is Australia’s most spectacular location for lovers of exotic birds.
The festival is being held from 1 – 9 October and while you don’t need to be a ‘twitcher’ (the technical name for a bird watcher) to enjoy the spectacle, you probably will become one after a few days in Australia’s largest bird sanctuary.
The region is home to over one third of Australia’s bird species and October is the perfect time to see the full diversity of birds, as the wetlands retreat after six months of ‘dry’ and birds flock to the Top End in preparation for the next breeding season.
Yellow Water Cruises and Kakadu Tourism will be offering visitors exceptional opportunities to get close to Kakadu’s rich bird life during the special week.
Yellow Water Cruises will offer a series of cruises hosted by renowned naturalist, Luke ‘hawk eyes’ Paterson, from NT Bird Specialists, who will provide his expert insights on Kakadu’s birdlife during sunrise cruises on 2, 5 & 8 October.
Other Bird Week activities will include guided birding walks at Jabiru Lake, the famed Nourlangie art site, and at Gunlom. There will be regular birding talks and slideshows by Kakadu specialists Ian Morris and Mick Jerram at the Crocodile Hotel, photography and art sessions, and a special family-oriented World of Birds for Kakadu Kids. Many of the activities will be free.