Sunday 20 September 2015

Some Birds of Kakadu

Banded Fruit Dove Ptilinopus cinctus.
The Banded Fruit Dove is a black and white pigeon that lives in the monsoon forest of the western edge of Arnhem Land. It is found nowhere else in Australia although it also occurs on the island of Bali. This one was photographed at Nourlangie. They eat wild figs.

Black-necked Stork Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus.
This pair were photographed on their nest on Yellow Waters. They occur all across northern Australia and I used to see them occasionally in the area where I grew up. Unlike European storks these birds do not form flocks. They are solitary or pairs.

Whistling Kite Haliastur sphenurus.
Whistling Kites were always present where I lived in Australia. Their distinctive call is one of the sounds of the Australian landscape. They are birds of open woodland, often found near water. This pair were photographed from a boat on the South Alligator River.

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