Jabiru

Wildlife watching on Arnhem Highway and Mary River

We spent the drive from Kakadu to Darwin wildlife watching on Arnhem Highway. The countryside surrounding the highway could well be a National Park, for the amount of wildlife that we saw along the drive.

And there are plenty of eco-lodges along the way that offer various wildlife watching opportunities.

Mary River cruise

Fresh-water crocodile
Fresh-water crocodile

Mary River is a great place to see Freshwater crocodiles and Azure kingfishers, as well as Great-billed heron and Australia’s biggest eagle – White-bellied Sea-eagle.

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 thriller, Rainbow bee-eater and Yellow oriole.

White-bellied sea eagle
White-bellied sea eagle
Azure kingfisher
Azure kingfisher

Wildlife at Mary River Lodge

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.

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We took a walk around the campsite in the morning and spotted a beautiful Green tree snake.

Green tree snake
Green tree snake

Wildlife watching on Arnhem Highway

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!

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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

Previous stop: Kakadu National Park                               Next stop: Fogg Dam

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