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May 16, 2019

Kakadu National Park 4

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Yellow Waters Cruise

I was up at 5:30am for the 6:45am cruise from Cooinda Lodge in Kakadu National Park. The boat ride cost me a hundred bucks but it was well worth it. I was a bit skeptical at first but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Our captain Dennis was a really funny guy who knew the area and was a local indigenous man.

Comb-crested Jacana


Comb-crested Jacana (Irediparra gallinacea)

This dad Comb-crested Jacana had to look after the kids because mom took off after she pumped out the eggs.

Comb-crested Jacana


Comb-crested Jacana (Irediparra gallinacea)

When something threatens the chicks, the dad grabs up the babies under his wings to protect them.

Crimson Finch


Crimson Finch (Neochmia phaeton)

Some very young Crimson Finch chicks being fed.

Plumed Whistling-duck


Plumed Whistling-duck (Dendrocygna eytonii)

There were thousands and thousands of Plumed Whistling-ducks on the banks of the billabongs. They do not dive in the water for food but feed on the land.

Australasian Darter


Australasian Darter (Anhinga novaehollandiae)

This is a male. The female has a white tummy.

White-bellied Sea-eagle


White-bellied Sea-eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster)

Shining Flycatcher


Shining Flycatcher (Myiagra alecto )

The Shining Flycatcher female has a chocolate back. She is very different to the all-black male.

Forest Kingfisher


Forest Kingfisher (Todiramphus macleayii)

Just as we were getting off the boat, this lady spotted these pair above the wharf.

Saltwater Crocodile


Saltwater Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus)

There were a few crocodiles during the cruise. I think this is a female because there is only one male in the territory.

Saltwater Crocodile - female


Saltwater Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus)

I love big close ups of reptiles. The textures are amazing.

Kakadu National Park bird list

White-bellied Sea-eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster)
Magpie Goose
Little Pied Cormorant
Little Black Cormorant
Australasian Darter (Anhinga novaehollandiae)
Plumed Whistling-duck (Dendrocygna eytonii)
Green Pygmy-goose
Nankeen Night-heron
Great Egret
Comb-crested Jacana (Irediparra gallinacea)
Crimson Finch (Neochmia phaeton)
Magpie-lark
Australian Pelican
Whiskered Tern
Sacred Kingfisher (Todiramphus sanctus)
Forest Kingfisher (Todiramphus macleayii)
Pied Heron
Shining Flycatcher (Myiagra alecto )
Swamp Harrier

Saltwater Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus)

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