This is known across Australia as a Jabiru. However, we have to change the name to a Black-necked Stork as there is another bird in South America somewhere called a Jabiru. However, if that neck is black then I am full-forward for The Dogs! That yellow eye indicates a female.
A Whistling Kite 'befriended' us as we lunched beside the Victoria River half-way between Kununurra and Katherine. We saw these everywhere, they are very graceful as they soar effortlessly on the updrafts.
A pair of Brolgas fished silently in Windjana Gorge out from Derby where the Lennard River cuts through the limestone cliffs. A Brolga is a very large crane with an elaborate courting dance.
I got confused with this bird which I saw frequently. The rangers called it a Darter (and my bible indicates this to be a female Darter). However, the average joe called it a Shag which I gather is a form of Cormorant. They dive a lot and their feathers are not oiled so they have to dry them a lot.
Boo hoo ... did not capture a Wedgie all trip. Saw one flying high above Cooinda (on the Stuart Hwy just north of Katherine), but he was way way up. When I do shoot one, you will hear about it, rest assured!
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