Yellow Water Billabong

An understanding of the Natural World and what’s in it is a source of not only a great curiosity but great fulfillment.  Sir David Attenborough

Yellow Waters Billabong

Sunset over Yellow Waters Billabong

A cruise on the Yellow Water Billabong in the Northern Territory’s Kakadu National Park is one of Australia’s best wildlife experiences. The wetlands are located at the end of Jim Jim Creek, which is a tributary of the South Alligator River (the largest river system in Kakadu). The river channels, floodplains and swamps are home to fresh and saltwater crocodiles, and an abundance of birdlife. My cruise there was an incredible few hours, particularly as we spotted both species of crocodile and my favourite two birds – the Jabiru and the Comb-crested Jacana. Below are some photographs from that afternoon.

Water lilies

Water lilies

Juvenile Nankeen Night Heron

Juvenile Nankeen Night Heron

Nankeen Night Heron, also known as Rufous Night Heron

Nankeen Night Heron, also known as Rufous Night Heron

Comb-crested Jacana

Comb-crested Jacana walking on floating vegetation

Comb-crested Jacana

Comb-crested Jacana, also known as Jesus bird, Lotus bird or lily trotter

Egret enjoying the wetlands

Egret enjoying the wetlands

A darter, also known as a snakebird due to it's long neck

A darter, also known as a snakebird due to it’s long neck

Freshwater crocodile

Freshwater crocodile

Saltwater crocodile creates ripples as it glides through the water

Saltwater crocodile creates ripples as it glides through the water

Saltwater crocodile amongst the water lilies

Saltwater crocodile amongst the water lilies

Saltwater crocodile basking in the late afternoon sunshine

Saltwater crocodile basking in the late afternoon sunshine

Saltwater crocodile displaying its impresssive jaw

Saltwater crocodile displaying its impresssive jaw

Jabiru, also known as Black-necked Storks

Jabiru, also known as Black-necked Storks

Graceful Jabiru

Graceful Jabiru

Sunset over Yellow Waters Billabong

Sunset over Yellow Waters Billabong

Have you travelled to Kakadu National Park? What wildlife did you see? What is your favourite place for spotting wildlife? Please share your stories in the comments below.

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