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!
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.
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!
Not to be confused with the similarly named property at Cooinda, Kakadu Lodge in Jabiru is managed by Aurora Resorts and is located in Kakadu National Park’s main town, Jabiru.
The lodge is the best budget option in what is usually an expensive tourist destination and caters for campers and people who want a room or bungalow. We went for the cheapest budget room.
Budget means no ensuite, you use the shared bathrooms and a camp kitchen.
You still get a fridge and tea service in the room.
It is pretty small but in a place like Kakadu, we weren’t planning to spend much time in the room.
They have an attractive shaded swimming pool with a non-heated jacuzzi. Cockatoos will watch the swimmers below and towards evening you also get flying foxes.
In the town of Jabiru there are a few shops but I recommend stocking up before entering the park for better selection and prices.
The famous crocodile shaped hotel which is now an Accor property is also in Jabiru but was twice the price of Kakadu Lodge.
Maybe not everyone would be ok without an ensuite but since we come from a backpacker background,m we were fine with it for the savings. The grounds are nice and plenty of birds to keep you entertained while you have a refreshing swim! Book on their website or try Pointshound or Rocketmiles to gain some airline miles!
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.
Located only a few minutes from Gagudju Lodge, Cooinda is the Warradjan Cultural Centre which is well worth a visit to see the Aboriginal art and culture exhibits. It is open from 9-5 daily and is free to visit. This is an excellent way to while away a hot afternoon in Kakadu!
They don’t allow photos inside so I only have a few exteriors.
You can find both souvenirs and Aboriginal art in the gift shop.