- Black-banded Fruit-dove (endemic)
- Rainbow Pitta
- White-lined Honeyeater (endemic)
- Partridge Pigeon
- Little Kingfisher
- Chestnut-quilled Rock Pigeon (endemic)
- Black Bittern
- Arafura Shrike-thrush
- Red Goshawk
- Yellow Water birdwatching cruises
- Birdwatching focus
- Wildlife focus
- Photography focus
- Culture focus
- Walks rating
- easy | moderate
- Number of boat cruises
- Sleeping options
Tour notes & Add-ons
Join renowned Australian bird guide Luke Paterson on guided birding tours of Kakadu at special event rates. during Kakadu Bird Week. Private tours available on request. Please book early, spaces limited.
2020 Kakadu Bird Week Program tours guided by Luke Paterson, NT Bird Specialists:
Virtual Tour Event: Birdwatching in Kakadu with Luke Paterson, NT Bird Specialists
Join renowned Australian bird guide Luke Paterson (online) to explore Kakadu’s marvellous bird life in a variety of biodiverse habitats. Luke uses his 20 years guiding experience in the Top End to find sought after species for bird watchers from around the world.
Length: 20 minutes Date & Time: 1pm, Sat 26 September 2020
Virtual Tour Event: Yellow Water Birdwatching Cruise with Luke Paterson, NT Bird Specialists
Cruise world famous Ramsar-listed wetlands with renowned Australian bird guide Luke Paterson (online) to explore Kakadu’s marvellous bird life on the Yellow Water Billabong. Luke uses his 20 years guiding experience in the Top End to find sought after species for bird watchers from around the world.
Length: 30 minutes Date & Time: 5:30pm, Sat 3 October 2020
Saturday 26 September – Waterbirds & Waders – South Alligator Region Birding & Photography Tour:
Join Luke’s guided birding and photography tour around the ever-changing & picturesque Mamukala Wetlands (3km flat loop walk) floodplain region. Search for billabong, floodplain, migratory shorebirds & bush birds: Little Curlew, Varied Lorikeet, Red-backed Fairy-wren. Other wildlife includes Frill-necked Lizard & Agile Wallaby. Then explore the floodplains and monsoon forests in the mighty South Alligator region.
Saturday 26 September – Woodland & Wetland Birds – Yellow Water Region Birding & Photography Tour & Cruise: 2:00-7:15pm, $175
Join NT Bird Specialists’ guided birding and photography tour around the internationally-significant Yellow Water region. Seek a variety of bush birds and make the most of Luke being able to identify those tricky little ones for you, before embarking on a dedicated 2-hour Kakadu Bird Week birdwatching sunset cruise on Yellow Water Billabong. We’ll then make our way back to Jabiru keeping an eye out for nocturnal species on the journey. *You may like to join for a casual group dinner afterwards. A range of key birds to look out for include Partridge Pigeon, Little Kingfisher, Leaden Flycatcher, Channel-billed Cuckoo, Azure Kingfisher, Great-billed Heron, Barking Owl, Black-tailed Treecreeper and many more. Other wildlife may include: Saltwater Crocodile & Golden Tree Snake.
*Note: Part of this tour includes a special 2-hour sunset birdwatching cruise at Yellow Waters. This has been capped to just 25 people (usually 50-60). Luke will be on board to support our guests with bird sightings, while the cruise will be guided by a Cooinda Lodge guide, which varies from previous years.
Sunday 27 September – Black-banded Fruit-Dove Tour – Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) Region Birding Tour:
Rise early for a flat 6 km return walk to a monsoonal vine forest, home to an array of endemic monsoon-dwellers: Black-banded Fruit-Dove, White-lined Honeyeater, Rainbow Pitta, Arafura and Sandstone Shrike-thrush & other specialities: Chestnut-quilled Rock-Pigeon, Helmeted Friarbird (sandstone race). A moderate level of fitness is required for the hot conditions & you need to carry at least 2 litres of your own water & morning tea (provided). Other wildlife may include: Leichhardt’s Grasshopper & Black Wallaroo (Barrk).
Private Birding Tours – 25 Sept – 1 Oct Enquire for rates and availability
Book private birdwatching & bird photography tours with Luke Paterson to find your key species of interest from 25 Sept – 3 Oct 2020. Search for key birds, (Kakadu endemics, Red Goshawk, Rainbow Pitta, finches and more). Please book early. Email Luke for details and bookings.
Half day Darwin Birding & Photography Tour – 3 October – $175
Special Bird Week event – Join Luke to explore some of Darwin’s hidden birds and wildlife on a great morning out in the tropical city of Darwin.
- *Special Kakadu Bird Week tour rates*
- *Covid-Safety Plan
- *Free Kakadu park pass
- *Pick ups/drop off from Jabiru accommodation on all tours.
- *Start time: Approximately 5:30am / *Finish time: Approximately 11-11:30am
- *Tours include: Professional bird guiding with Luke Paterson, transport in commercial tour vehicle, light breakfast (on morning tours), morning tea, drinking water, Kakadu bird list, communal spotting scope, boat cruise on selected tours
- *Tours exclude: Other meals, accommodation (Territorian hotel rates available)
- *Please bring: Binoculars, camera, wide hat, walking shoes/boots, backpack, repellent, sunscreen, 1L drink bottle, long sleeved clothing, personal medications
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- South Alligator
- Burrungkuy (Nourlangie)
- Yellow Water