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  • Beautiful Multi Colored Gouldian Finch Bird From Australia

7th to 15th of August 2022

About the Workshop and Tour

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Capture a myriad of bird species in tropical North Australia with your camera, on this 8 day photographic adventure. This unique bird photography adventure has been designed specifically with photographers in mind. 

We’ll get the opportunity to photograph some of Kakadu’s 280 bird species, as well as the legendary saltwater crocodile and lotus plants. We have booked an exclusive-use private wetland cruise at Yellow Water, for our group.  

 

Jabiru

Locations include:

  • Darwin
  • Holmes Jungle, East Point, Lee Point and Buffalo Creek
  • Fogg Dam
  • Mamukala Wetlands
  • Ubirr
  • Cahills Crossing
  • Yellow Waters Billabong
  • Nourlangie Rock
    Angbangbang Billabong
  • Cahills Crossing
  • Mary RiverFogg Dam
  • Pine Creek
  • Edith Falls

Dates

7th to 15th of August 2022

Price

$AU6295 (includes GST) per person Twin Share. Single Supplement $AU700 (includes GST)

Your Guides

Professional Photographer and Tutor, Michael Snedic and Experienced Birding Guide, Barry Davies

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Contact Michael Snedic directly
on +61 408 941 965

Meeting Point

Darwin - Northern Territory

Accommodation

As per itinerary

Transport

We will travel around the Northern Territory in a 12 seater bus, with luggage trailer

Forest Kingfisher (Todiramphus macleayii) at Abattoir Swamp in Julatten, Queensland, Australia. aAso known as the Macleay's or Blue Kingfisher

Photography Level

There is no “minimum level” required regarding photographic ability. Beginners and highly experienced shooters alike are all very welcome to join us. You will receive plenty of individual one-on-one time that will be geared towards your own personal skill levels and needs.

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Inclusions

  • Photography tuition from Michael Snedic and birding from renowned birder, Barry Davies
  • All meals, as per itinerary
  • All accommodation, as per itinerary
  • Kakadu park entry ticket
  • Exclusive private sunrise Yellow Waters cruise, for our group only
  • Nitmiluk Gorge (formerly Katherine Gorge) cruise

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Exclusions

  • Arrival/departure flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Alcohol
  • Airport transfers

White-bellied Sea Eagle foraging in the sea

Itinerary

Day 1 – Darwin - Aug 7

Meet in Darwin and use what time we have left in the day to visit Knuckey’s Lagoon and Howard Springs Nature Reserve. Possible species include Rainbow Pitta, Australian Pratincole, Eastern Yellow Wagtail, Wood Sandpiper, Green Pygmy Goose, Magpie Goose and a variety of other wetland species.

Accommodation: Double Tree Hilton or Palms Motel for 2 nights.
Dinner included.

Beautiful Multi Colored Gouldian Finch Bird From Australia

Day 2 – Darwin - Aug 8

We will spend the day visiting Holmes Jungle, East Point, Lee Point and Buffalo Creek. Birds likely to be seen include Rainbow Pitta, Arafura Fantail, Northern Fantail, White-gaped Honeyeater, Forest Kingfisher, Silver-crowned Friarbird and Paperbark Flycatcher. In the mangroves at Buffalo Creek Red-headed Honeyeaters, Green-backed Gerygone, Lemon-bellied Flycatcher, Grey Whistler, Red winged Parrots and Common Sandpiper are found and the rarely seen Chestnut Rail and Large-tailed Nightjars frequent that area on dusk.
Various seabirds and waders are also possible. We will visit the Botanical Gardens to look for Rufous and Barking Owls.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

A close-up shot of a salt water crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) with reflection in the water

Day 3 - Fogg Dam and Kakadu National Park – Aug 9

After breakfast, we drive to Fogg Dam with its spectacular diversity of water birds including Comb-crested Jacanas, Black-necked Stork, Magpie Geese, Straw-necked and Glossy Ibis, Pied Heron, Plumed and Wandering Whistling Ducks, Green Pigmy Geese, Whiskered Tern, Caspian Tern and Brahminy Kite. Saltwater and Freshwater Crocodiles are also found here.
A boardwalk on the edge of the lake is a good place for the endemic Rainbow Pitta, Little Kingfisher, Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove, Shining Flycatcher, Little Bronze-Cuckoo, Rufous-banded Honeyeater and Broad-billed and Lemon-bellied Flycatcher.
Along the Arnhem Highway we will stop at a small waterhole for Crimson, Long-tailed, Double-barred and, if we are very lucky, Gouldian Finches. A stop at Adelaide River could produce Mangrove Golden Whistlers and along the route Black-faced Woodswallow, Marsh and Spotted Harriers, Black-shouldered Kites, Nankeen Kestrels, Black-breasted Buzzard, Red-backed Kingfisher and Zitting Cisticola are among the possible species.
The first planned stop in World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park is Mamukala Wetlands where the numbers of water birds can be spectacular and there may be the possibility of seeing some species not seen at earlier sites.
In Kakadu, we go to Jabiru to stay at the Anbinik Resort, which is owned by the local Aboriginal corporation, to check in to our accommodation. After dinner at the Thai restaurant at Anbinik look for Barking Owls.

Accommodation:
Anbinik Resort for 3 nights.
Breakfast and dinner included.

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Day 4 - Kakadu National Park – Aug 10

A dawn cruise on the famous Yellow Waters Billabong is the perfect start to the day. The early flights of the waterbirds are a great spectacle. After breakfast at Cooinda spend time photographing the wildlife close to Cooinda. Back in Jabiru we visit the Bowali Visitors centre then have lunch. After a break in the middle of the day travel north to the Bardedjilidji walk and the art sites at Ubirr. Sunset at Ubirr is a Kakadu tradition and a great way to finish the day. Birding highlights include species previously listed and Long-tailed, Double-barred and Crimson Finches and many more. Amongst the sandstone outcrops two special locals are the Chestnut-quilled Rock-Pigeon and Sandstone Shrike-thrush. Mammals seen here include Common Wallaroo, Agile Wallaby, Short-eared Rock Wallaby, Narbalek and Sandstone Antechinus. At nearby Cahills Crossing, the causeway across the East Alligator River to Arnhemland, Saltwater Crocodiles are easily seen. After sunset have dinner at the Border Store.

Breakfast and dinner included.

Sunset over Yellow Water

Day 5 – Kakadu National Park – Aug 11

Have an early start to get to Nourlangie Rock and Angbangbang Billabong when the birds are most active. Another highlight there would be seeing, and photographing, the Black Wallaroos that are endemic to the Arnhemland Plateau. This is a good location for the locally endemic Banded Fruit-Dove, White-lined Honeyeater, Chestnut-quilled Rock-Pigeon and Partridge Pigeon. Go to Cooinda for a day time or a late afternoon cruise on Yellow Water. It is another opportunity to get close to, and photograph, huge numbers of birds. Large Saltwater Crocodiles are also a feature of this cruise. White-bellied Sea-Eagles have territories along the billabong, large numbers of Nankeen Night-Herons roam the banks, and Bar-breasted and Banded Honeyeaters live in the riverside vegetation.

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Day 6 – Kakadu and Pine Creek – Aug 12

Travelling further south through Kakadu towards Pine Creek provides the opportunity to look for two of Australia’s rarest raptors, the Grey Falcon, which has almost mythical status because it is so elusive, and the Red Goshawk. Brown Goshawks, Australian Hobby, Black-breasted Buzzard, Whistling Kites, Collared Sparrowhawk and Black and Brown Falcons are also found in this area. Masked Finches, Weebills, Black-tailed Treecreepers, Brown Quail, Brush Cuckoo, Black-eared Cuckoo and Variegated Fairy-wren are all possible at random roadside stops. The little town of Pine Creek where we stay the night is a good location for Hooded Parrot, Varied Lorikeet, Cockatiel, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Northern Rosella, Red-collared Lorikeet, Diamond Dove, Striated Pardalote, Magpie Lark, Crested Pigeon, Black-chinned, Blue-faced and White-throated Honeyeater, Crested Shrike-tit, Owlet Nightjar and sometimes Gouldian Finches.
The nearby sewage treatment plant is home to Australian Pratincole, Black-fronted Plover, Black-winged Stilt and Grey Teal whilst Chestnut-backed Buttonquail have been seen at the nearby
cemetery.

Accommodation: the Pine Creek Railway Resort for 2 nights.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

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Day 7 – Edith Falls - Aug 13

A very early start will be necessary today to go to the Edith Falls area to be ready for dawn at a location where beautiful Gouldian Finches and a many other species come for a morning drink. Red-winged Parrots, Hooded Parrots, Cockatiels, Rufous Whistlers, Black-tailed Treecreepers and Long-tailed and Crimson Finches are regular visitors to the waterhole. Just down the road is Edith Falls, a good spot for an early lunch and more birds.
Drive south to Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park for a 2-hour cruise up the gorge then back to Pine Creek for the night.

Breakfast and dinner included.

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Day 8 –Edith Falls and Darwin - Aug 14

An early start to have another visit to Edith Creek to look for Finches and other species then travel back to Darwin via Adelaide River where the Silver-backed Butcherbird is often seen near the beautiful war cemetery. This beautiful bird is only found in the Top End and Kimberley regions. In Darwin we will use whatever spare time we have to look for more birds.

Accommodation: 1 night at the Double Tree Hilton or Palms Motel
Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 9 – Departure – Aug 15

Breakfast included.

Comb- crested Jacana stepping across a gap in the lily pads on a lake in Australia

To Make A Booking

Please contact Michael to be sent payment details

Your position on the tour will be guaranteed immediately upon payment of non-refundable deposit of AU$900 (includes GST). The balance will be due 90 days before the start of the workshop date.

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellation up to 91days before departure, deposit non-refundable or transferable.
  • Between 90- 61 days if you cancel the whole tour, there will be a 50% cancellation fee
  • If the whole tour is cancelled within 60 days prior to departure, 100% cancellation fee applies.

WildNature COVID 19 Cancellation Policy:

In the event of the cancellation of the 8 day Kakadu and Top End photography workshop, or you are unable to travel to the state of the workshop or tour due to Government-imposed travel restrictions, specifically due to COVID 19, you will be eligible for the following:

 

  • A full refund, less any cancellation fees incurred by the operator from the tour accommodation and activity suppliers.

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