Kakadu Bird Week 25 September – 2 October 2021
You can experience one of Australia’s most spectacular wildlife events during Kakadu Bird Week, which is being held from 25 September to 2 October.
Kakadu National Park is a bird lover’s paradise – home to more than a third of Australia’s bird species – and is the perfect place to discover and learn all about the rich variety of birds living in the dual World Heritage listed Park.
Bird Week is held to coincide with the mass migration of magpie geese, which flock to billabongs such as Yellow Water (Ngurrungurrudjba), to feed. With the waters having receded towards the end of the dry season, there is no better time to witness not just the birdlife, but Kakadu’s full array of exotic animals, including crocodiles, buffalo, brumbies and wallabies.
A highlight of this year’s festival will be sunset Yellow Water Cruises, led by NT Bird Specialists’ renowned ‘twitcher’ Luke ‘Hawk Eye’ Paterson, who will provide expert commentary on three Yellow Water Cruises sunset voyages from Sunday 26 to Tuesday 28 September.
In addition, visitors during the week are treated to specialist lectures, cultural events and birdwatching tours. Full details of Bird Week will be made available closer to the Festival at: Bird Week Program 2021
Updates on the bird watching itinerary will be posted as the date nears.
The Ultimate Bird Lovers Cruise! 26-28 September 2021
Come down and join us for a dedicated 2.5 hour bird watching cruise from 4:15pm to 6:45pm. This cruise will be led by bird expert Luke Paterson from NTB Bird Specialists providing commentary on the abundance of bird species that call this majestic area home. Seats are strictly limited allowing you the ability to set up tripods and get the perfect photo. Approximately one third of Australia's bird species are represented in Kakadu National Park, with at least 60 species found in the wetlands. Whistling ducks and Magpie Geese are the most abundant. Eagles can be seen hovering searching for prey, at times you will see distinctive Black Necked Stalk and may even get to see Brolgas dancing. Please meet at the Cooinda Lodge Bus Stop 20 minutes prior to cruise departure. The bus stop is located opposite reception and is well sign posted.
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