Compliments fly after first Kakadu Bird Week

Chris Purnell from BirdLife Australia photographs yellow chats | Image credit Peyer Kyne

On the floodplain looking for yellow chats | Image credit Micha V Jackson

The endangered yellow chat | Micha V Jackson

Little curlews | Micha V Jackson

Kakadu’s first ever Bird Week has been a great success, recording 153 species of birds. Teams surveyed key threatened species within the park, particularly in remote and publicly inaccessible areas. There were also numerous walks, surveys and activities throughout the park.

Highlights included spotting endangered Alligator River subspecies the yellow chat, a pair of black falcons and a flock of several hundred brolga at South Alligator River floodplain.

Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive - even locals have expressed their enjoyment at taking the time to concentrate on Kakadu’s feathered friends, and reflect on the spectacular biodiversity of the area.

There were also sightings of the white-lined honeyeater, banded fruit-dove, sandstone shrike-thrush, chestnut-quilled cock-pigeon, oriental plover, little curlew, rainbow pitta, partridge pigeon, Australian bustard, spotted harrier, black-breasted buzzard, wedge-tailed eagle, buff-sided robin, variegated fairywren, northern rosella, black-tailed treecreeper, tawny grassbird and zitting cisticola.

The data collected during Bird Week will help guide our conservation and management efforts.

Kakadu’s second Bird Week is planned for September 2015 and a few people have already put it in their diaries!

Steve, Kakadu National Park

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