Meeting with marrawuddi

I’ve only been in Kakadu for a week and I’ve already been lucky enough to have an intimate encounter with the park’s wildlife. On the Yellow Waters cruise I spotted a marrawuddi (white-bellied sea eagle) - but I wasn’t prepared for how close we would be able to get to it.

I’ve just come to the park to work as a seasonal interpretation ranger. I regularly see sea eagles flying in the thermals above the sand dunes at home in Culburra Beach on the NSW south coast - but in a populated area it’s hard to get close to these magnificent birds. As our cruise boat neared, this one spread its wings, dropped from the tree and flew away - and we looked on in wonder!

The seasonal ranger team will be here in the park until October. We’ll be leading free art site talks, guided walks, cultural activities and slideshows at some of Kakadu’s most popular visitor sites. And we’ll keep you updated on our adventures and wild encounters, here on the blog.

Andrew, seasonal ranger, Kakadu

Download the 2013 seasonal ranger activities program