Arnhem Hwy and Mary River – (Northern Territory Road trip Part VI)

Driving along Arnhem Highway that connects Kakadu to Darwin is a great way to see more of Northern Territory’s wildlife, particularly at night. And there are plenty of eco lodges along the way that offer various wildlife watching opportunities.

Kakadu – Mary River

Fresh-water crocodile

Fresh-water crocodile

Mary River is a great place to see Fresh water crocodiles and Azure kingfishers, as well as Great-billed heron. The lodge at Mary River operates boat cruises and it is also possible to hire a smaller boat for a few hours and explore the river at your own pace. Other birds we spotted from the boat were:  Lemon-bellied flycatcher, Varied triller, Rainbow bee-eater and Yellow oriole.

White-bellied sea eagle

White-bellied sea eagle

Azure kingfisher

Azure kingfisher

In the afternoon, just before the boat cruise I watched a group of Agile wallabies grazing on the lawn in front of our tent. And as I watched them, two young males decided to practice their boxing skills giving me a few good photo opportunities.

Agile wallabies

Agile wallabies

Agile wallabies

Agile wallabies

Agile wallabies

Agile wallabies

The walk around the camp site in the morning turned up a beautiful Green tree snake.

Green tree snake

Green tree snake

Driving along Arnhem Highway the following day we came across a small wetland on the side of the road that was absolutely teaming with birdlife. I could not believe my eyes when I saw a few Jabirus there. We spent days searching for them in Kakadu and there they were – scraping in the mud on the side of the road!

Jabiru

Jabiru

Jabiru

Jabiru

Jabiru

Jabiru

Juvenile Jabiru

Juvenile Jabiru

Apart from the magnificent Jabirus there were Pied herons, Great and Intermediate egrets, Gull-billed terns, and a few Magpie geese on a nearby tree.

Pied heron

Pied heron

Magpie geese

Magpie geese

 

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