Darwin – (Northern Territory Road Trip Part VIII)

Crimson finch

Crimson finch

We started our exploration of Northern Territory’s capital at Darwin Botanic gardens. We went to the gardens primarily in hopes of spotting resident Rufous Owls that have been nesting near the Rainforest area for a number of years. Unfortunately, by the time we arrived, the owls haven’t been seen in the gardens for months (through they have since re-appeared).

What we did find however, was a little stream with tall grass growing on its banks. This was a perfect habitat for seed-eating finches. We’ve already seen a number of new species of finches on our trip, but there were still more to discover. This particular spot was great for Crimson and Double-barred finches. The birds were gorging themselves on the grass seeds and washing them down with the water from the stream.

Double-barred finch

Double-barred finch

Apart from the finches, I was happy to see a Blue-winged kookaburra, some Pied imperial pigeons and Figbirds.

Blue-winged kookaburra

Blue-winged kookaburra

On our second day in Darwin we drove out to Lee Point to see sea birds and waders. The full list of species can be found in my earlier post on Lee Point .

After an eventful day at Lee Point we headed for a night drive to Fogg Dam and spotted some interesting critters as usual: a dingo, a Northern Death Adder, a slaty-grey snake, a Northern brush-tail possum, a Barn owl and an unfortunately dead Northern Brown Bandicoot on the road.

Northern Death Adder

Northern Death Adder

Barn owl

Barn owl

The following day we headed to the Territory Park, as it was the only place where we could see Antilopine wallaroo. The park was actually quite nice and the bird show was well worth watching to see a Black-breasted buzzard using a rock to crack an egg and an Osprey diving into a pool for a fish.

Antilopine wallaroo

Antilopine wallaroo

Osprey

Osprey

Jabiru

Jabiru

In the afternoon we took a ferry to Mandorah to see the bats that roost underneath the jetty there. The roost was located directly underneath the wooden boards of the jetty and was quite hard to find,  leave alone photograph.

Brahmini kite

Brahmini kite

White-bellied sea eagle

White-bellied sea eagle

Ancient ocks at Mandorah beach

Ancient rocks at Mandorah beach

A Brahmini kite and a Sea eagle were very easy to find on the other hand, as they circled above us for good half an hour.

Bats at Mandorah

Bats at Mandorah

Australian pelican

Australian pelican

Royal spoon-bill

Royal spoon-bill

Rajah shell-duck

Rajah shell-duck

Gilbert's dragon

Gilbert’s dragon

Gilbert's dragon

Gilbert’s dragon

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