Darwin Birdwatching Experience Private tour for 1 - 4 guests
- Duration: 10 Hours
- Location: NT
- Product code: DBW2019
Within minutes of leaving the city, we visit monsoon forest in search of the endemic Rainbow Pitta, Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove, Varied Triller and Brown Whistler; then we go to a nearby rocky coastline in search of shorebirds, Sacred Kingfisher and Brahminy Kite.
We take a 2km return walk that goes right through the mangroves, along a boardwalk to the mudflats, with a pleasant landing that allows us to sit, listen and observe while various waders, Red-headed Honeyeaters, Broad-billed Flycatchers, Collared Kingfishers, and others come into sight. After visiting some savannah woodland habitat for Forest Kingfisher, Double-barred and Long-tailed Finch, Red-tailed Black Cockatoo, Spangled Drongo and others, we head out to the wetlands of Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve.
The 60 kilometre drive out to Fogg Dam gives us the opportunity to spot various raptors, kingfishers and the Blue-winged Kookaburra, as well as see a blend of savannah woodland and paperbark forest habitats. At Fogg Dam, the Pandanus lookout is a great place to eat our picnic lunch overlooking the floodplain. The spotting scope is set up and we pick out Magpie Geese, Intermediate Egret, Little Egret, Great Egret, Cattle Egret, Pied Heron, Royal Spoonbill, Little Black Cormorant, White-browed Crake, Black-necked Stork and sometimes Brolga from here. Whistling Kites and often a White-bellied Sea-eagle soar overhead, sometimes Swamp Harrier is seen flying low over the floodplain. Crimson Finches, Rufous-banded Honeyeaters, Lemon-bellied Flyrobins, Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove, Forest Kingfisher, Sacred Kingfisher and Paperbark Flycatcher are some of the species that occupy the bush on the edge of the floodplain.
Then we explore the 2.2km return Waterlilies boardwalk which takes us along the fringe of wetland, through paperbark forest. We often see Rainbow Pitta, Brown Whistler, Arafura Fantail and Shining Flycatcher.
Estuarine Crocodiles, Gilberts Dragon’s, Yellow-spotted Monitors, Northern Long-necked Turtles and Common Tree Snakes may be seen here.
The return journey gives us an opportunity to view some spectacular Magnetic Termite mounds, before arriving back at your accommodation around 5:30pm.
Inclusions: Pick-up and drop-off to accommodation, use of binoculars and spotting scope, sunscreen and insect repellent if required, cold drinking water, morning tea, lunch, afternoon refreshments.
• All tours require a reasonable level of mobility and moderate fitness
• For protection from the sun and biting insects, light long sleeved shirt and pants are recommended, sturdy shoes and a hat are a must
• Due to our seasonal nature and large tides some habitat types may not be available for your tour, however we will visit locations for the best bird watching experience on the day
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