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Northern Territory

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Birding The Northern Territory

The Northern Territory (abbreviated as NT) is a federal Australian territory in the central and central northern regions of Australia. It shares borders with Western Australia to the west, South Australia to the south and Queensland to the east. To the north, the territory is bordered by the Timor Sea, the Arafura Sea and the Gulf of Carpentaria. Despite its large area, more than half a million square miles making it the third largest Australian federal division, it is sparsely populated.

The Northern Territory's population of around a quarter of a million people makes it the least populous of Australia's eight major states and territories, having fewer than half as many people as Tasmania. The capital and largest city is Darwin. Generally, the population is concentrated in coastal regions and along the Stuart Highway. There are many very small settlements scattered across the territory, but the larger population centres are located on the single paved road that links Darwin to southern Australia, via Alice Springs, the Stuart Highway, known to locals simply as 'the track'.

In the northern part of the Territory lies Kakadu National Park, which features breathtaking wetlands and native wildlife. To the north of that lies the Arafura Sea, and to the east lies Arnhem Land, whose regional centre is Maningrida on the Liverpool River delta. There is an extensive series of river systems in the Northern Territory. These rivers include: the Alligator Rivers, Daly River, Finke River, McArthur River, Roper River, Todd River and Victoria River. The Northern Territory is also home to two spectacular natural rock formations, Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), which are sacred to the local Aboriginal peoples and which have become major tourist attractions.

Darwin, the capital of the Northern Territory situated on the coast of mid-northern Australia, has much to offer the visiting birdwatcher. To give an example my yard list is 140 species, and the sewage pond twice that. The best time to come is about October - December, followed by March - May. However these are the hottest, most humid times of the year so be prepared! North-west Australia is renowned for mangrove birds (and reputed to have the highest diversity of specialised mangrove birds in the world). Among them are Chestnut Rail, a chicken-sized, very shy bird, the engaging but often hard-to-spot Mangrove Grey Fantail, and the tiny Mangrove Gerygone, a member of an ancient Australian family. Chestnut Rail, thought by many to be a very difficult bird to see, can be found within three kilometres of the CBD, at the Stuart Park mangroves. Remember that mangroves are quite safe for those used to them, but there are a few risks namely deep mud,mosquitoes and crocodiles. For those wanting to avoid these problems it is possible to hire a dinghy to visit any of the estuaries around town but because of our high tidal range it can be risky for someone not used to handling a boat.

Then there are monsoon forest birds e.g. Orange-footed Scrubfowl, Rose-crowned Fruit-dove, Emerald Dove, Rainbow Pitta, Little Shrike-thrush, Green-backed and Large-billed Gerygone. Many of these species are also found in mangroves. However in the wet season (roughly October-April) some disperse into open forest. Most songbirds breed at the beginning and end of the wet season. Others like Rainbow Pitta (the only suboscine in the Top End) mostly breed in the first half. This species begins calling about September (again depending on weather) and have mostly ceased by February. Wetlands are also found around Darwin. This habitat changes amazingly with the seasons. Grasslands during the dry they become densely-vegetated floodplains during the wet season with grasses up to three metres high. In the dry season these areas are inhabitated by few birds, namely Magpie-lark, Brown Quail, and Singing Bushlark (and perhaps our two cisticola species depending on the dryness of the area).

At the beginning of the wet season at Holmes Jungle, just twelve or so kilometres from the CBD, Brolga gather in their hundreds, along with Magpie Geese, strange pied birds that are probably most closely related to the Southern Screamer of South America, and around mid-September, Little Curlew gather to feed in the mud and still-short grass. As the wet season progresses and the vegetation continues to grow the careful viewer may see White-browed Crakes feeding among the sedges, and Tawny Grassbird or Red-backed Button-quail among the rank grass on the water's edge. Another reason for spending time in Darwin is that many birds hard to see out of town are easily spotted in parks and gardens here, among them Yellow Oriole and Figbird and Brown, Dusky, White-gaped, Red-headed and Rufous-banded honeyeaters.

Top Sites

Botanic Gardens

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The Botanic gardens in the Darwin municipality are a great place for roosting owls and common passerines.

Fogg Dam

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Fogg Dam seventy kilometres from Darwin is great spot for birds. Here the juxtaposition of monsoon, paperbark and open forest and floodplains makes for a great mix of species. Waterbirds abound but so do raptors and many passerines… Jabiru, Pied Heron, Royal Spoonbill, egrets, jacana et al…

Gunlom Falls

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Many people go after White-throated Grasswren at Gunlom Falls but unless one can visit in the latter half of the year don't bother. This little bird has huge breeding territories. Later in the year the bird is found throughout the area often calling right beside the path at the top…

Howard Springs Nature Park

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Howard Springs Nature Park is 35 kilometres south of Darwin and brilliant for butterflies and birds. It is the haunt of Rainbow Pitta at the right time of year and is great for Shining Flycatchers, White-winged Triller, Black Butcherbird and Northern Fantails etc. but is also greatly favoured by some of the most predatory mossies I've ever encountered! [Fatbirder]

Judbarra/Gregory National Park

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Gregory National Park and the surrounding area, 500 kms southwest of Darwin, is terrific for Grey Falcon, and the Victoria River (in the same area) the most accessible site for Purple-crowned Fairy-wren…

Marraki Track

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Marraki Track which is a dirt road going many kilometres into the bush and eventually fording [in the dry season] the Adelaide River. It is great for finches, gerygones, Rufous-banded Honeyeater, Grey-crowned Babbler, White-bellied Cuckooshrike, Partidge Pigeon, Varied Lorikeet and Northern Rosellas. Of particular interest is Red-backed Kingfisher.

Palmerston Sewage Works

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This can be a great place for water birds but it is spasmodic even in very dry times. The surrounding scrub can be alive with finches, wrens, cuckoos etc. and the sky is often filled with hirundines…

Pine Creek

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The Pine Creek area (200 kms south of Darwin) is situated between the tropics and the semi-arid zone, and is a great area in which to see a mix of birds, including Partridge Pigeon, Hooded Parrot and Gouldian Finch. The Fountainhead-Pine Creek area is also very good for diurnal birds of prey in the dry season - including Black-breasted Buzzard & Square-tailed Kite…

Contributor

Denise Goodfellow (Lawungkurr Maralngurra)

Darwin, Northern Territories

goodfellow@bigpond.com

Number of Species

Number of bird species: 380

State Bird - Wedge-tailed Eagle Aquila audax

Endemics

Number of endemics: 5

Hooded Parrot Psephotus dissimilis
Chestnut-quilled Rock-Pigeon Petrophassa rufipennis
Black-banded Fruit-Dove Ptilinopus alligator
White-throated Grasswren Amytornis woodwardi
White-lined Honeteater Meliphaga abilineata

Useful Reading

Birds & Animals of Australia's Top End:

Darwin, Kakadu, Katherine, and Kununurra | by Nick Leseberg & Iain Campbell | Wildguides | 2015 | Paperback | 272 Pages | 400 Colour Photographs | 2 Colour Maps |

ISBN: 9780691161464

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Birds of Australia's Top End

By Denise Goodfellow | New Holland Publishers | 2005 | Paperback | 159 pages, Colour illustrations, b/w illustrations, maps |

ISBN: 1877069191

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Birds of Australia's Top End

By Denise Lawungkur Goodfellow | Scrubfowl Press | 2001 | Paperback | 159 pages, colour plates, b/w photos, illustrations, distribution maps |

ISBN: 0957884907

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Birds of Palmerston in Australia's Top End

By Denise Lawungkurr Goodfellow | Scrubfowl Press | 2012 | Paperback | 52 pages, 80 colour & 27 b/w illustrations |

ISBN: 9780957884922

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Birds of the Darwin Area

By Niven McCrie And Richard Noske | CSIRO Publishing | 464 pages | 2015 | Paperback

ISBN: 9781486300341

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Finding Birds in Australia's Northern Territory

by D Donato, P Wilkins, G Smith & L Alford | CSIRO | 1997 | Paperback | 192 pages, Colour Phots, Tables, maps |

ISBN: 0643062580

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Finding Birds in Darwin, Kakadu and the Top End:

(Northern Territory Australia) | By Niven McCrie & James Watson | NT Birding (Niven McCrie) | 2006 | Spiralbound | 160 pages, tabs, maps |

ISBN: 0646460412

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The Birds of Groote Eylandt

By Richard A Noske & Graham P. Brennan | Northern Territory University Press | 2002 | Paperback | 187 pages, Colour & b/w photos, maps |

ISBN: 1876248688

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Organisations

Alice Springs Field Naturalists Club

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The object of the club is to promote interest in all aspects of natural history…

BirdLife Central Australia

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Central Australian regional branch based in Alice Springs but includes members from a very broad geographic catchment in the inland regions of South Australia and Northern Territory - from our most southerly members in Roxby Downs all the way to our most northerly in Tennant Creek. We are just commencing as a Branch and will have our inaugural AGM on April 30th, 2014.

The Environment Centre Northern Territory

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The Environment Centre Northern Territory was established in 1983 and has played a crucial role in achieving environmental protection and management throughout the Territory…

Reserves

Abbreviations Key: See the appropriate Continent Page (or Country Page of those used on country sub-divisions)

CR Connells Lagoon

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Connells Lagoon Conservation Reserve is situated in the heart of the Barkly Tableland. It is the only Reserve in Australia established primarily for the conservation of Mitchell grassland communities. The Reserve is dominated by perennial Mitchell Grass. Trees are found only in the watercourse and floodout areas with Bluebush dominating the wettest areas. The Parks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory carried out the onlymajor biological survey in the region in 1982. Even though the Reserve looks flat and uninteresting, the PWCNT found 189 species of plants which is surprisingly rich. At the time 9 mammal, 53 bird and 19 reptile species were also recorded in and near the Reserve. Several birds considered endangered, including the Flock Bronzewing Pigeon, Pictorella Mannikin Finch, Red-chested Button-quail and the Australian Bustard were recorded in higher then expected numbers…

CR Fogg Dam

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Fogg Dam is a remnant of early attempts to produce rice on the Adelaide River flood plains. Today it provides an important refuge for wildlife…

NGPA Newhaven Sanctuary

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Covering 262,000 hectares, and located near the intersection of three central Australian bioregions, Newhaven Wildlife Sanctuary is one of Australia’s largest non-government protected areas.

NP Barranyi (North Island)

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Barranyi (North Island) National Park is in the Gulf of Carpentaria in the Northern Territory of Australia, 737 km southeast of Darwin.

NP Djukbinj

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Djukbinj is a national park in the Northern Territory (Australia), 59 km east-north-east of Darwin. The park protects a major breeding ground for magpie geese, herons and egrets. The wetland has cultural and ecological values so is classified as having national importance. The park is part of the Adelaide River catchment, which is one of several connected catchments that make up the Top End coastal wetland regions. This area is a traditional hunting ground for Limilngan people, who also manage the park in partnership with Parks and Wildlife.

NP Elsey

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This 13,800 hectare park was made famous in Jeannie Gunn's popular novel 'We of the Never Never'. You could easily stay a few days and find it hard to leave the natural beauty of Bitter Springs, which is in the northern end of the park.

NP Finke Gorge

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Spectacular Finke Gorge National Park covers an area of 46,000 hectares and includes the impressive Palm Valley. Palm Valley is home to a diverse range of plant species, many that are rare and unique to the area, including the red cabbage palm (Livistona mariae), which gives the area its name. There are around 3,000 adult palms and thousands of juveniles, which are extremely sensitive to visitor impact.

NP Garig Gunak Barlu

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Garig Gunak Barlu is a national park around the Cobourg Peninsula in the Northern Territory, Australia, 216 km northeast of Darwin. It was established by joining the former Gurig National Park and the Cobourg Marine Park. The park consists of all land of the Cobourg Peninsula, of Burford Island, the Sir George Hope Islands (from west to east Greenhill, Wangoindjung, Warldagawaji, Morse, Wunmiyi), Mogogout Island and Endyalgout Island (117.4 km²) to the south of the peninsula, and of adjacent waters. Croker Island, although close east of the peninsula, is not part of the park. The jointly-managed national park is perfect for bushwalking, birdwatching, fishing, boating and photography. You may see saltwater crocodiles and the endangered dugong swimming in the clear blue ocean.

NP Iytwelepenty / Davenport Range

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Separated from other river systems, the park also provides an important refuge for waterbirds found in desert country and seven species of fish.

NP Judbarra (was Gregory National Park)

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Judbarra National Park, formerly Gregory National Park, is a national park in the Northern Territory (Australia), 359 km south of Darwin. The park is the second largest national park in the Northern Territory, after Kakadu National Park, with an area of 13,000 km2 (1.3 million ha). The park has been identified by BirdLife International as an Important Bird Area (IBA) because it supports much of the eastern subspecies of the white-quilled rock-pigeon and small numbers of the endangered Gouldian finch, as well as populations of the chestnut-backed buttonquail, partridge pigeon, yellow-rumped mannikin and several other near-threatened or savanna-biome-restricted species.

NP Kakadu

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Internationally recognised, the World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park is one of the nation's most prized cultural and ecological treasures…

NP Keep River

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Keep River National Park is in the Northern Territory of Australia, 418 km southwest of Darwin and 468 km west of Katherine. The nearest town is Kununurra in Western Australia. Most of the land in the park also lies within the Keep River Important Bird Area, identified as such because of its importance for the conservation of the endangered Gouldian finch.

NP Litchfield

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Litchfield National Park, covering approximately 1500 km2, is near the township of Batchelor, 100 km south-west of Darwin, in the Northern Territory of Australia. Each year the park attracts over 260,000 visitors. Proclaimed a national park in 1986, it is named after Frederick Henry Litchfield, a Territory pioneer, who explored areas of the Northern Territory from Escape Cliffs on the Timor Sea to the Daly River in 1864.

NP Mary River

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Mary River Wilderness Retreat and Caravan Park is located halfway between Darwin and Kakadu National Park. This family owned and operated eco-tourism property offers budget to deluxe accommodation, caravan & camping sites, restaurant, campers kitchen & amenities, bush walks, river cruises and many other great facilities and experiences.

NP Nitmiluk

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Nitmiluk National Park is in the Northern Territory of Australia, 244 km southeast of Darwin, around a series of gorges on the Katherine River and Edith Falls. Previously named Katherine Gorge National Park, its northern edge borders Kakadu National Park. Birds that can be seen include ospreys, red-tailed black cockatoos, great bowerbirds, white-gaped honeyeaters and red-winged parrots. Part of the Yinberrie Hills Important Bird Area, identified as such by BirdLife International because of its importance for endangered Gouldian finches, lies in the park.

NP Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa

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Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park is a protected area located in Northern Territory of Australia. The park is home to both Uluru and Kata Tjuta. It is located 1,943 kilometres (1,207 mi) south of Darwin by road and 440 kilometres (270 mi) south-west of Alice Springs along the Stuart and Lasseter Highways. The park covers 1,326 square kilometres (512 sq mi) and includes the features it is named after: Uluru and, 40 kilometres (25 mi) to its west, Kata Tjuta. The location is listed with UNESCO World Heritage sites. Iconic birds of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park include the pied butcherbird, black breasted buzzard, black-faced woodswallow and crimson chat.

NP Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa

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Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park is a protected area located in Northern Territory of Australia. The park is home to both Uluru and Kata Tjuta. It is located 1,943 kilometres (1,207 mi) south of Darwin by road and 440 kilometres (270 mi) south-west of Alice Springs along the Stuart and Lasseter Highways. The park covers 1,326 square kilometres (512 sq mi) and includes the features it is named after: Uluru and, 40 kilometres (25 mi) to its west, Kata Tjuta. The location is listed with UNESCO World Heritage sites. Iconic birds of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park include the pied butcherbird, black breasted buzzard, black-faced woodswallow and crimson chat.

NP Watarrka

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Watarrka is a national park in the Northern Territory (Australia), 1316 km south of Darwin and 323 km southwest of Alice Springs. It contains the much visited Kings Canyon at the western end of the George Gill Range and Kathleen Springs (22 km to the southeast of Kings Canyon).

NP West MacDonnell

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West MacDonnell is a national park in the Northern Territory (Australia) due west of Alice Springs and 1234 km south of Darwin.[2] It extends along the MacDonnell Ranges west of Alice Springs.

NrP Berry Springs

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Berry Springs is one of the most beautiful parks to cool off and relax in close to Darwin. Native flowers in the park bloom from March to April. Walkers and bird watchers should take the monsoon forest and woodlands walk, through the Top End habitats.

NrP Daly River

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NrP Giwining / Flora River

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The Flora River is stunning with crystal-clear emerald springs and tufa dams. There are saltwater crocodiles in the river so do not swim.

NrP Holmes Jungle

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Holmes Jungle Nature Park is a protected area in the Northern Territory of Australia consisting of a small, relatively isolated area of monsoon forest at the edge of northern suburbs of the territorial capital of Darwin. It provided a habitat for a large variety of native birds, mammals and reptiles which are able to breed and find refuge in the thick vegetation. The area of the park is approximately 250 hectares and Pine Creek winds its way through the park to its centre.

NrP Howard Springs

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Howard Springs Nature Park protects 283 ha of diverse habitats including monsoon forest, extensive swamps and riverine areas. These areas provide valuable wildlife habitats, especially for Magpie Geese, Whistling Ducks, Radjah Shelducks and Pygmy Geese…

NrP Katherine Low Level

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The 105-hectare reserve got its name from the low-level bridge and weir that were built by US troops stationed nearby during World War II.

The Territory Wildlife Park

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Many captive native species etc… a chance to get up close to species albeit in captivity…

WPA Ilparpa Swamp

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Guides & Tour Operators

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Arnhemland Barramundi Nature Lodge Tours

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Srarting in 2006, the Arnhemland Barramundi Nature Lodge has four exclusive bird tours. In September 2005, renowned Australian bird-watching authority, Dick Eussen, was engaged to conduct a survey of the bird species within a 50 km radius of the Arnhemland Barramundi Nature Lodge…

Experience the Wild

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Birdwatching and Nature Tours in Darwin and the Top End

Kimberley Birdwatching

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Kimberley Birdwatching is based in Broome, which is situated in the southwest corner of the Kimberley division. The Kimberley is one of the most exciting and least explored regions for the birdwatcher and naturalist. Our tours also cover the Northern Territory. This company is owned and operated by George Swan (what a great name for a birder) and a jolly nice fella he is too. He will be desperately disappointed if he can't get you the bird you are after and will turn out for an extra half day or evening to try again.
Fatbirder Recommended

Mark Carter - Birding & Wildlife

Tour Operator

Birds of the Northern Territory: A wildlife journey from Alice Springs to Darwin

Northern Territory Bird Specialists

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NT Bird Specialists is an award-winning birding and photography tour operation, owned and operated by Luke Paterson and Sarah Burgess in Darwin and Kakadu, Northern Territory, Australia.

Tim Dolby's Trip Reports & Birding Tours

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This report covers a recent trip to the southern part of the Top End. A superb birding area - it is a Mecca for finches for instance - these are the places ~300 to ~500 km south of Darwin

Trip Reports

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CloudBirders

Trip Report Repository

CloudBirders was created by a group of Belgian world birding enthusiasts and went live on 21st of March 2013. They provide a large and growing database of birding trip reports, complemented with extensive search, voting and statistical features.

2004 [04 April] Fatbirder

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This was my third trip to Australia but my first to the Darwin area and I had particular target birds in mind to extend my world list but, as always, never went in pursuit of one rare or difficult to find species [with one exception] at the expense of more common lifers, or, indeed variety. So many birds are special to Australia that seeing many species again was welcome…

2009 [10 October] - Iain Campbell

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Having run the Northern Territory trip every year since 2005, and multiple times in some years, I figured it really is about time that I wrote a trip report for this tour. The tour program changed this year as it was just so dry in central Australia, we decided to limit the tour to the Top End where the birding is always spectacular, and skip the Central Australia section where birding is beginning to feel like pulling teeth; so you end up with a shorter but jam-packed tour laden with parrots, pigeons, finches, and honeyeaters…

2012 [07 July] - Rosemary & Peter Royle

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…Although there were plenty of the commoner (and often colourful and spectacular) birds to be seen, most of our key birds were harder to find than we expected. The “sandstone” species were not at all easy to locate in Kakadu (we found none of these species at Nourlangie despite two visits) and we struggled to find any decent numbers of honeyeaters - there were just tiny flocks of the same few species all the time…

2015 [04 April] - Peregrine Rowse - Kakadu

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Following business appointments in Sydney and Melbourne I spent a week birding around Darwin and the Kakadu National Park. Most birders visit in the dry season in October/ November and most of the published gen also relates to this time of year. Mike Reed’s Top End Birdwatching is essential but also seems to be geared towards a dry season visit.

2015 [11 November] - Petter Zahl

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... My mate Gavin Goodyear from Brisbane joined me. Despite our local guide cancelling on us at the last moment we had a very successful trip as we managed to find all our main targets including Western Bowerbird, Dusky and Striated (Sandhill) Grasswren, Rufous-crowned Emu-Wren, Slaty-backed Thornbill, Banded Whiteface, Grey Honeyeater, Cinnamon Quail-Thrush and Painted Finch. We provide some up-to-date info on sites and key species as this seems to be a bit hard to come across...

2017 [10 October] - Dion Hobcroft - NSW & NT

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...Best birds were the exquisite Little Kingfisher and a Buff-sided Robin that flew around and over us but refused to settle. There were plenty of other species to watch though, nearly seventy species in two hours. A couple of surprises included Red-kneed Dotterel and a pair of Pied Cormorants, the latter rare in the Northern Territory. ...

Places to Stay

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Arnhemland Barramundi Nature Lodge

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The comfortable lodge is situated on an escarpment fringe overlooking the Liverpool and Tomkinson River Valleys. You can choose between safari tent accommodation and purpose-designed, large, comfortable and breezy deluxe cabins. The deluxe cabins have spacious en suite bathrooms and a small bar fridge offer a taste of luxury in an otherwise remote and unspoiled environment. The main lodge includes a large, kitchen/dining area, a bar and tasteful dining decor overlooking the river valley…

Gagudju Lodge Cooinda

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Kakadu is home to about one third of Australia's bird species and this spectacular natural aviary is well represented at Yellow Water, from the comb-crested Jacana to hawks, eagles and the magnificent Brolga and Jabiru…

Mary River Retreat

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We offer accommodation, camping, river cruises, 4WD tours, and woodland, grassland or wetland bushwalks that are perfect for birdwatching or simply being close to nature. Meals are country hospitality at its best - homestyle meals are served in our tropical design dining room overlooking the woodlands. Meal times are flexible, and are adjusted to suit guests leaving or returning on tours away from Mary River Park…

Rakhi Retreat

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Rakhi retreat has been designed to cater for a number of different uses. Birdwatchers can use it as comfortable base while visiting the various local bird watching sites or simply relaxing on the veranda or in the bird hide and enjoying the local avian inhabitants going about their daily business. Larger groups can use the space for health or corporate retreats just a short drive from Darwin.

Seven Spirit Bay Wilderness Lodge

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Seven Spirit Bay Wilderness Lodge has recently been purchased by Outback Spirit.... Located in Garig Gunak Barlu National Park on the Cobourg Peninsula at the Top End of the Northern Territory in Aboriginal Arnhem Land Australia, where entry is by permit only and extremely limited. The Cobourg Peninsula became the first reserve for the protection of flora and fauna in northern Australia when it was proclaimed in 1924. Seven Spirit Bay Wilderness Resort is perfect for the adventurous or those who just want to relax. Adventure into the great diversity of the landscape and learn about the fascinating environments from our experienced guides. Every morning, every afternoon, a different experience is yours to enjoy if you want it…

Museums

Charles Darwin University

Courses

Charles Darwin University, based in Darwin Northern Territory of Australia.

Blogs

Richard Waring

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Photography and a few stories of birds I've seen in Australia.

Other Links

Birding the Katherine Area

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As a keen bird watcher with 25 years experience observing and recording birds in the Katherine region of Australia's Northern Territory, I am pleased to be able to make information available about the region. Bird watching can be so much easier and more rewarding if local knowledge is available of the habits, behaviour and location of birds in an area you are visiting, or planning to visit…

Birds of the Northern Territory

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Finding Birds in Kakadu, Darwin & the Top End A NEW 19 page book with maps, notes and directions to good birdwatching sites along 1000km of the Kakadu, Stuart and Victoria Highways for the most sought after Top End Birds…

Eremaea Birds

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A free birding atlas to which anyone can contribute…

Northern Territory Bird Watching Tours

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Over the years I've seen numerous people come to the Top End with great expectations of African style national parks jam-packed with roaming animals around every bend. The reality is… it's true. There are animals around every bend, however in contrast to many expectations you really have to look for them and know how to look for them. It’s a matter of getting out of the car, standing still, listening, watching and feeling the country around you.

NT Birding Trails

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Do you have something you want to tell us? We would love to hear from you, we are keen to help.

NT Birdwatching

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With its relatively sparse human population and diverse habitats, Darwin and the whole Top End are home to an amazing variety of birds. Most of the coast and tidal rivers are protected by a skirt of unspoiled mangrove habitat that is sustained by tidal movements of up to eight metres. This is interrupted in places with rocky or muddy shoreline. The dominant habitat across the coastal tropical north is savannah woodland, interspersed generously with floodplains and wetlands.

Tracks Birding & Photography Tours

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Photographers & Artists

Birdwatching in Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia

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Jabiru, Brolga, Gouldian Finch, Red Goshawk, Rainbow Pitta and Purple-crowned Fairy Wren all thrive in the wetlands, savannah plains and escarpments of Kakadu National Park in Australia's Northern Territory.

Photographer - Laurie Ross Bird Photography

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Photographer - Richard Waring - Richard’s Birds of Australia

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I have taken the photos appearing in this Blog. I use a Canon EOS 1000D DSLR/or my new 500D. The photos are cropped on occasions, but not doctored. I use two main settings on the camera: the speed or action setting, and the AV setting that boosts the sharpness and saturation…

Through the Lens: Birds of Australia's Northern Territory

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Join wildlife photographer Marie Read as she documents the bird life in Kakadu National Park in Australia's Northern Territory…