Kakadu National Park

From research talks to junior twitchathons, there was something for everyone to enjoy at Kakadu Bird Week 2018.

Check out the program below for a glimpse of what you missed out on

For more information on Kakadu Bird Week, please email kakaduexperiences@environment.gov.au.

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Community birdwatching walks

Visitors on a community birdwatching walk Photo: Navin Chandra

Anbangbang dawn chorus

7.30–9.30 am, Tuesday 2 and Friday 5 October 2018

Mamukala bird hide brunch

9.30 am, Tuesday 2 October 2018

Birdwatching tours

Visitors on a birdwatching tour Photo: Navin Chandra

East Alligator region birding tour (monsoon forest and sandstone birds)

6.30–11.00 am, Sunday 30 September 2018

  • Guided by Luke Paterson of NT Bird Specialists.
  • Departs Jabiru and South Alligator hotels.
  • $150 adults/$80 children. Limited to 11 people.
  • Book through luke@ntbirdspecialists.com.au.

South Alligator region birding tour (wetland and bush birds)

6.30–11.00 am, Monday 1 October 2018

  • Guided by Luke Paterson of NT Bird Specialists
  • Departs Jabiru and South Alligator hotels.
  • $150 adults/$80 children. Limited to 11 people.
  • Book through luke@ntbirdspecialists.com.au.

Yellow Water birdwatching cruises (wetland and floodplain birds)

Sunset cruise: 4.00–6.30 pm, Monday 1, Wednesday 3 and Saturday 6 October 2018

Sunrise cruise: 6.30–9.00 am, Thursday 4 October 2018

  • Special 2.5 hour birdwatching cruise on the famous Yellow Water Billabong
  • Hosted by Kakadu Tourism and Luke Paterson of NT Bird Specialists
  • Sunrise cruise (includes breakfast): $115
  • Sunset cruise: $95
  • Limited to 30 people
  • To book, email reservations@yellowwater.com.au and request the Bird Week cruise

Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) region birding tour (sandstone endemics)

6.30–11.30 am, Wednesday 3 October 2018

  • Guided by Luke Paterson of NT Bird Specialists.
  • Departs Jabiru hotels.
  • $150 adults/$80 children. Limited to 11 people.
  • Book through luke@ntbirdspecialists.com.au.

Mary River region naturalists tour (raptors and finches)

6.00 am – 12.00 pm, Saturday 6 October 2018

  • Guided by Luke Paterson of NT Bird Specialists
  • Departs Jabiru.
  • $150 adults/$80 children. Limited to 11 people.
  • Book through luke@ntbirdspecialists.com.au.

South Alligator region birding tour (wetland and bush birds)

6.30–11.00 am, Sunday 7 October 2018

  • Guided by Luke Paterson of NT Bird Specialists and Amanda Lilleyman from Charles Darwin University.
  • Departs Jabiru and South Alligator hotels.
  • $150 adults/$80 children. Limited to 11 people.
  • Book through luke@ntbirdspecialists.com.au.

Injalak Hill tour

9.00 am – 12.00 pm daily (except Sundays)

  • Includes birdwatching at Injalak Billabong and a copy of the bird book ‘Mayh Mayh’ (valued at $22)
  • Special price $99 (usually $120)
  • NLC permit required
  • Book through info@injalak.com

Bird presentations

People watching a bird presentation Photo: Navin Chandra

Birds and fire story

1.00 – 2.00 pm, Sunday 30 September 2018 – Jabiru Bowali Visitor Centre Theatre

Join ecologist Dr Colin Trainor to learn how birds respond to different fire regimes in tropical savannas.

Free event. Register through kakaduexperiences@environment.gov.au.

Birdwatching adventures in northern Australia

7.30–8.30 pm, Sunday 30 September 2018 – Anbinik Kakadu Resort restaurant, Jabiru

Luke Paterson from NT Bird Specialists shares his birdwatching adventures in northern Australia.

Free event. Register through kakaduexperiences@environment.gov.au.

First aid for birds with Kakadu Rangers

12.00–1.00 pm, Monday 1 October and Friday 5 October 2018 – Bowali Visitor Centre

Pick up some tips on native bird rescue from Kakadu’s wildlife carers.

Free event. Register through kakaduexperiences@environment.gov.au.

What’s all the (yellow) chat about?

7.30–8.30 pm, Tuesday 2 October 2018 – Jim Jim Room, Mercure Crocodile Hotel, Jabiru

Robin Leppitt is a PhD researcher from Charles Darwin University. Robin will be presenting his research on a rare and endangered species unique to the top End – the Adelaide River Region chat.

Free event. Register through kakaduexperiences@environment.gov.au.

To raise funds for his research project, Robin will be raffling off a copy of Chips Mackinolty’s art print Would that we could fly and sing forever during Bird Week. Raffle tickets are available online.

Amanda Lilleyman: Shaping a future for the world’s shorebirds

7.30–8.30 pm, Wednesday 3 October 2018 – Jim Jim Room, Mercure Crocodile Hotel, Jabiru

Amanda Lilleyman from Charles Darwin University shares some fascinating insights into her hands-on work with globally threatened migratory shorebirds that inhabit the coastlines of Darwin and Kakadu.

Free event. Register through kakaduexperiences@environment.gov.au.

Amanda Lilleyman: Modern scientist in action

1.00–2.00 pm, Thursday 4 October 2018 – Bowali Visitor Centre Theatre

Join Amanda Lilleyman from Charles Darwin University as she presents inspirational stories about her role in the global conservation of a species. Amanda will also tell you how you can get involved in the new BirdLife Australia Top End branch.

Free event. Register through kakaduexperiences@environment.gov.au.

Raptors of the Top End

7.30pm, Thursday 4 October 2018 – Anbinik Kakadu Resort restaurant, Jabiru

Will Riddell presents his stories of owls and raptors of the Top End.

Free event. Register through kakaduexperiences@environment.gov.au.

BirdLife Top End info stall

12.30–2.00 pm, Saturday 6 October 2018 – Bowali Visitor Centre

BirdLife Australia: Fly with the flock

7.30 – 8.30 pm, Saturday 6 October 2018 – Jim Jim Room, Mercure Crocodile Hotel, Jabiru

Birdlife Australia’s team will share some opportunities you can become involved with.

Free event. Register through kakaduexperiences@environment.gov.au.

For kids and families

Kids on a mini twitchathon Photo: Navin Chandra

Kids birding walk and bird bingo

4.30–6.00 pm, Sunday 30 September 2018 – Jabiru Lake Park

Join our park rangers to become a birdwatcher and find out what lives in Kakadu.

You can also brush up on your bird bingo in preparation for the Aussie Backyard Bird Count on 22–28 October.

Free event. Register through kakaduexperiences@environment.gov.au.

World of birds: Mini-scientists – Shorebird decoy crafting and bird identification

12.30–2.00 pm, Thursday 4 October and 1.00–2.30 pm, Saturday 6 October 2018 – Bowali Visitor Centre

Join researcher Amanda Lilleyman and our park rangers to become a mini-shorebird scientist!

You’ll learn why bird decoys are used, make your own decoy and discover what countries these amazing birds migrate from on their way to Kakadu every year.

Free event. Register through kakaduexperiences@environment.gov.au.

Animal encounters with Party Animals Darwin and Kakadu Rangers

11.00 am – 12.00 pm and 1.00–2.00 pm, Monday 1 October and Wednesday 3 October 2018 – Bowali Visitor Centre

Party Animals is hosted by Darwin’s most experienced animal photographers.

Come and join Party Animals at Bowali Visitor Centre to meet their feathered and scaly friends and learn about the importance of national parks in protecting the homes of wild animals.

Free event. Register through kakaduexperiences@environment.gov.au.

Traditional bird culture and languages

Aboriginal bird art book signing Photo: Navin Chandra

Bininj Kunwok Language Project bird colouring book launch

Jill Njanmirra and Dell Hunter

11.00 am, Tuesday 2 October 2018 – Bowali Visitor Centre

Jill Njanmirra and Dell Hunter lead an Aboriginal bird language session and launch a new bird colouring book.

Free event (spaces limited). Register through kakaduexperiences@environment.gov.au.

Traditional cook up

12.30 pm, Saturday 29 September and Tuesday 2 October 2018 – Bowali Visitor Centre

Free event. Register through kakaduexperiences@environment.gov.au.

Rock art talks with Kakadu Rangers

8.30–10.30 am daily, 30 September – 6 October

Join our park rangers for a fascinating insight into two of Kakadu’s best rock art sites:

Free event (no booking required)

Bird artists of West Arnhem Land

Daily from 29 September to 7 October 2018 – Bowali Visitor Centre

An exhibition of work by artists from Marrawuddi Gallery and Injalak Arts.

Free entry.

Traditional bird art (painting and weaving)

9.30 am – 12.00 pm, 29 & 30 September and 4 October – Bowali Visitor Centre

Free event. Register through kakaduexperiences@environment.gov.au.

Traditional bird art (Jacquie Cahill from Lightning Arts & Artefacts)

12.00–2.00 pm, Sunday 7 October 2018 – Bowali Visitor Centre

Free event. Register through kakaduexperiences@environment.gov.au.

Fundraisers

Threatened Species Research Fundraiser

To raise funds for his research project, Robin Leppitt from Charles Darwin University will be raffling off a copy of Chips Mackinolty’s art print Would that we could fly and sing forever during Bird Week.

Buy raffle tickets online

Movies night fundraiser

7.30 pm, Saturday 29 September and Friday 5 October 2018 – Mercure Crocodile Hotel, Jabiru

Meet our presenters

Amanda lilleyman.

Amanda Lilleyman, Charles Darwin University

Amanda Lilleyman has been researching shorebirds in northern Australia for eight years. She is completing her PhD on the habitat choice and community ecology of migratory shorebirds in Darwin Harbour.

Amanda also works on the National Environment Science Program project Strategic Planning for the Far Eastern Curlew. She has a special interest in the little curlew and would like to learn more about how this species is going in northern Australia, particularly in the grasslands and floodplains of Kakadu National Park.

Join Amanda at Bird Week for presentations, bird walks, kids activities and more.

Luke paterson.

Luke Paterson, NT Bird Specialists

Luke Paterson is a specialist bird and wildlife guide who helps guests find their target species thanks to his 18 years of experience in the region. His knowledge of Kakadu’s natural and cultural environments is immense, and his favourite NT bird is the spectacular Gouldian finch.

Come along to Luke’s slideshows to slideshows to learn about birding hotspots in the Top End and the unique birds and wildlife that inhabit them. You can also join Luke on half-day birding tours and cruises throughout the week.

Robin leppitt.

Robin Leppitt, Charles Darwin University

Robin Leppitt is working on a PhD researching the Alligator Rivers yellow chat.

Recent surveys suggest that this tiny bright-yellow subspecies of bird is declining, but we don’t yet know why. Robin’s PhD project is providing the ecological data to understand why the chat is struggling and what we can do to reverse its decline. Through habitat surveys, behavioural study and the capture and banding of yellow chats he hopes to provide land managers with a better picture of how to protect this bird.

Robin will be presenting his research at Bird Week as well as leading a bird tour of the South Alligator region. To raise funds for his research project, Robin will be raffling off a copy of Chips Mackinolty’s art print Would that we could fly and sing forever during Bird Week.

Will riddell.

Will Riddell, President of BirdLife Australia Raptor Group

Will Riddell is a born and bred Territorian who has spent several years monitoring the behaviour of birds of prey in the Darwin area, including studying the diets and ecology of brown goshawks and brahminy kites. He is the President of the BirdLife Australia Raptor Group.

On camping trips to Kakadu he keeps his eyes peeled for some of the park’s rarer birds of prey, including red goshawks and black-breasted buzzards.

Join Will to hear his stories of owls and raptors in the Top End.

Accommodation and meal specials

Our hotel partners have some special offers for guests at Bird Week 2018.

Mercure Crocodile Hotel, Jabiru

The Croc is offering a room-only rate of $199 (subject to availability) and a breakfast rate of $20 per person. They can provide an ‘early bird’ boxed breakfast to take out on morning tours.

Birders can also enjoy two buffet dinners (or main meal and entree breads) and a bottle of wine/beer for $95.

Email reservations@crocodilehotel.com.au or call 08 8979 9000 and quote ‘Kakadu Bird Week’ when booking.

Aurora Kakadu Lodge, Jabiru

Receive 10% off rooms at Kakadu Lodge in Jabiru.

To book, call 08 8979 2422 and quote ‘Kakadu Bird Week’.

Anbinik Kakadu Resort restaurant, Jabiru

Enjoy Anbinik’s famous Thai dinner specials before our evening presentations.

Want to know more?

Any questions? Email us at kakaduexperiences@environment.gov.au.

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