White-bellied Sea-eagle

White-bellied Sea-eagle

White-bellied Sea-eagle

As I mentioned before, I’ve never actually seen a sea-eagle properly.  These pictures were taken by my husband on his trip to the Northern Territories, east of Darwin, in a place called Corroboree Billabong.

I'm looking at you

I’m looking at you

 

 

He was only there for a few hours yet he managed to see at least 6 of these lovely birds, and fairly close too.  They seemed to realise that the people on the cruise boat were no threat.

 

Perching

Perching

 

If you want to see a white-bellied sea-eagle in action but, like me, you aren’t near a good viewing spot, try this.  It’s the white-bellied sea-eagle cam, a live stream from a nest in Sydney.  It’s been running for several years. As I type the eggs are due to hatch any minute.

 

Setting off

Setting off

 

 

As the clouds rolled in this one realised the photo opportunity was coming to an end and flew away.  Their wingspan is over 2m so it’s quite an impressive sight.

 

 

Always on the lookout

Always on the lookout

 

Hopefully it won’t be too long before I see a sea-eagle for myself.  If not, I’ll have to save up for a trip to the Northern Territories.

 

 

 

Although it was the sea-eagles who stole the show, these whistling kites were quite cooperative too.  The one on the left is a juvenile.

Whistling Kites - probably

Whistling Kites – probably

 

 

 

 

 

Arrggh – Crocodiles

Darwin  Home of the Saltwater Crocodile

Darwin Home of the Saltwater Crocodile

Today’s pictures all come courtesy of my husband who was lucky enough to have a couple of days off while working up in Darwin.  I was fairly unsettled while he was away, but mainly because I’d let him take my camera. The understanding was that I could use his pictures on here on his return.

Freshwater Crocodile

Freshwater Crocodile

He went to a National Park east of Darwin for a river cruise to see the crocodiles that the region is famous for, and he wasn’t disappointed.  There were plenty of saltwater crocs out right from the start, and they saw the smaller freshwater ones further into the trip too. About 40 years the saltwater crocs had been hunted to near extinction, when there were only about 3,000 left in the wild.  Since being protected, their numbers have risen rapidly to near 100,000 now.

These dense trees were great for smaller birds to hide in.

These dense trees were great for smaller birds to hide in.

 

 

The scenery and the weather are very different to that around Perth.  It’s tropical so the plants and birds are completely different too.

Comb-crested Jacana

Comb-crested Jacana

 

 

 

 

 

 

The birds were out in their masses.  Many different species, and some in huge flocks.

It doesn’t look it in this photo, but these jacanas actually have really long legs.

 

Jabiru

Jabiru

 

 

I’d seen jabiru on the television before, but I hadn’t really paid attention to where they lived.  Also called the Black-Necked Stork.

 

 

 

Little Kingfisher

Little Kingfisher

 

 

There were several of these Little Kingfishers out fishing.  We don’t get these around Perth either.

 

 

 

White-bellied Sea-eagle

White-bellied Sea-eagle

 

 

Now these do live in WA too, but I’ve only ever seen one and it was extremely high in the air and being chased by crows at the time.  There were several sea-eagles on the river, but more about them next time.

 

Ant Nest - in a tree

Ant Nest – in a tree

 

 

There are over 700 types of ants living in Australia but not many (even across the world) nest in trees.  These are specially adapted and live really high off the ground, avoiding many of the normal ant predators.  They don’t avoid the birds though.

 

 

Rainbow Bee-eater

Rainbow Bee-eater

 

 

There were several bee-eaters out, but most of them were lass co-operative than this one about sitting still and posing for the camera.

 

 

Seeing the photos has made me just a bit jealous – especially as we had rain and cold weather for most of the time he was away.  So the central north of Northern Territory is now very much on my hit-list of places to visit.

Best viewed at a distance

Best viewed at a distance