Orange-footed Scrubfowl (Megapodius reinwardt)

The Orange-footed Scrubfowl (Megapodius reinwardt) is a small megapode of the family Megapodiidae.

They have quite a large range across Northern Australia and most of Indonesia and New Guinea.  We saw lots of them, mostly in Mary River, Howard Springs and Darwin.

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Active bird calling and foraging.

 

This one is building a nest.

 

Crimson Finch (Neochmia phaeton)

The Crimson Finch (Neochmia phaeton) is commonly found in moist savannah, and subtropical/tropical (lowland) moist shrubland.  They range in colour, some are more crimson-y than others as you will see in the links below.  These are less crimson-y.

A male?

A female?

They range from far Western Australia-Kimberley across to northern parts of Northern Territory and Gulf Country and on to the east coast of Far North Queensland.  I got a glimpse of them on the Yellow Waters Cruise in Kakadu, saw some in the bush near Windows on the Wetlands and a closer look at Fogg Dam.

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Look how bright these guys are!  My photos are duller but maybe it’s just my lack of skills.

The ones I saw were more like this.

 

 

Little Kingfisher (Ceyx pusillus)

The Little Kingfisher (Ceyx pusillus) is a small and rare kingfisher with a rich blue back and head and a snowy white breast. It has a heavy bill and has a short tail.  They aren’t easy to find so I was really happy to see this one on the Yellow Waters Cruise.

They are found mostly on the island of New Guinea but also some small, scattered populations in Australia.  Given the remoteness, your best bet is the Yellow Waters Cruise in Kakadu.

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Not many but Laurie Ross has some on YT.

Don’t blink or you will miss this one!

A beautiful bird ready for his close-up!

 

 

 

 

Azure Kingfisher (Ceyx azureus)

The Azure Kingfisher (Ceyx azureus) is a small and very colourful bird, with a stunning deep blue to azure back, a large white to buff spot on side of neck and throat, rufous-buff with some blue-violet streaks on breast and flanks.  The colour of these two birds is different but that could be the lighting, I took both photos in Kakadu on the Yellow Waters Cruise.

They have a huge range throughout much of Australia and the island of New Guinea.  I saw several in Kakadu and have also seen them on local Brisbane area birding walks.

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Now you can appreciate the amazing colours of this bird!

Looking for food in the billabong.

 

Torresian Imperial Pigeon (Ducula spilorrhoa)

The Torresian Imperial Pigeon (Ducula spilorrhoa), also known as the Nutmeg Pigeon, White Nutmeg Pigeon, Australian Pied Imperial Pigeon or Torres Strait Pigeon, is a relatively large, pied species of pigeon.

I spotted a pair hanging around the Gagadju Lodge in Cooinda.

The have a fairly large range in northern Australia and the island of New Guinea.

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Stretching and looking pretty!

 

Comb-crested Jacana (Irediparra gallinacea)

The Comb-crested Jacana (Irediparra gallinacea), also known as the Jesus Bird,  Lotusbird or Lilytrotter, is the only species of jacana in the genus Irediparra. Like other jacana species, it is adapted to the floating vegetation of tropical freshwater wetlands.  I really enjoyed watching them at Kakadu, as they walked across the lily pads.

They have a huge range throughout much of Australia, the island of New Guinea and some Indonesian islands.  I saw several in Kakadu on the Yellow Waters Cruise.

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This clip by Mike Grant is cool as it shows some baby jacanas hiding in the parent’s breast.

Watch them walk across the lily pads.

Nankeen Night Heron (Nycticorax caledonicus)

The Nankeen Night Heron (Nycticorax caledonicus) also commonly referred to as the Rufous Night Heron, and in Melanesia as Melabaob, is a medium-sized heron.

I can’t tell if this bird from Kakadu Yellow Waters is admiring himself or looking for food!

They have a large range in Indonesia, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Melanesia, and throughout much of Australia except the arid inland. A small colony has also established near Wanganui, New Zealand.

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Go away and let me sleep!

Beautiful close-ups here!

 

 

How Do Birds Fly?

This blog deals with two kinds of flight.  We use airplanes (preferably with miles) to get to our destinations where we can watch birds.  Then you have the actual birds who fly!

This is a really cool video which breaks down how birds use their wings to fly.  Nice clay lick footage in slo-mo too!

Long-tailed Finch (Poephila acuticauda)

The Long-tailed Finch (Poephila acuticauda) is a common species of estrildid finch found in Australia; also known as the Blackheart Finch, Shaft-tail Finch, Heck’s Grassfinch, Heck’s Grass Finch, and Heck’s Finch.

They have a large range across northern Australia.  I saw them very well at the finch spot on Edith Falls Road in the Northern Territory.

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Foraging in the grass.

 

Drinking water

Small flock in Mataranka