Royal Spoonbill – weird beak and lush feathers crest

Royal Spoonbill - weird beak and lush feathers crest

Royal Spoonbill, also known as the Black-Billed Spoonbill is a weird-looking bird with a spoon-like bill. The most distinctive feature of this bird is obviously its bill. However, another interesting thing is that spoonbills, during breeding season develop a lush crest of white features. The crest is up to 200 millimeters long and it sprouts […]

Southern Cassowary – dangerous ancient bird

Cassowary walking next to our trailer

Southern Cassowary, called also Australian Cassowary is an iconic bird that can be found in Northern Australia. It is a large looking bird, with grey casque, and long, red wattle hanging from the neck. The feathers of the body are black, the head skin is blue, and the rear of the next is red. Females […]

Australian Pelican – enormous bill and 13 litres pouch

Australian Pelican

Australian Pelican is a big, waterbird and there are seven species of pelicans in the world. They are predominantly white with black along with primaries of the wings. The pale pink bill is enormous, even by the pelican standard. Males are larger than females.  They can be found throughout Australia. Normally, you find pelicans around […]

Clever Red Tailed Black Cockatoo

Red tailed black cockatoo

Red Tailed Black Cockatoo is a very distinctive bird that we always enjoy watching in its natural inhabitant. The one feature that let you recognize it without a doubt is their scarlet or red panels underneath their tail especially visible in males. Females have yellow spots on the head, neck or wings and orange barring […]

Rainbow Bee Eater – amazing acrobatic hunter that is born underground

Rainbow Bee Eater

Rainbow Bee Eater eats bees, but also wasps, beetles, butterflies, and other small insects are on their diet. It is the only bee eater in Australia. They can be quite similar to kingfishers, but these are plumpers with a strong beak and they never catch pray in the fly. They catch flying insects on the […]

Little Black Cormorant – an outstanding fisherman

Little Black Cormorant

The Little Black Cormorant is a small, slim, completely black cormorant with a green sheen to the back and a slender grey hooked bill. It likes freshwater wetlands but can be found on sheltered coastal waters. You rarely see it outside of water habitats. It is often seen resting on rocks, jetties, and other perches […]

Magpie Goose – white and black emblem of Northern Australia

Magpie Goose

Magpie Goose loves Northern Australia.  The magpie goose has black and white plumage and long, brightly coloured legs. It is a big bird – 70–90 cm in size.  Male Geese have a large knob on the top of their head making them easily identifiable from females. Pairs of Magpie geese mate for life. Large, noisy […]

Spangled Drongo – a noisy and conspicuous bird

Spangled Drongo

Spangled Drongo – forked tail and crimson eyes Spangled Drongo is a beautiful black bird with bright red eyes and intensively blue spots on its chest. It has a characteristic fork like tail and is known for its sharp calling sound. It likes to imitate kingfisher sounds. Occasionally it makes a loud, entertaining calls that […]

Kookaburra – cheeky laughing bird

Kookaburra

How we encountered Kookaburra first time… Imagine your first night camping. All is new and unknown. You go to sleep and wake up early in the morning because something is laughing next to your tent. This happened to me and my first thought was – it is a hyena. My next thought was – nah, […]

Glossy Ibis – graceful vocal glider

Glossy Ibis

Glossy Ibis likes wetlands and floodplains. There are 3 types of Ibises in Australia (Glossy, Straw-necked and White), but the Glossy Ibis is my favourite. Maybe because of its colours? From the distance this bird looks black, but if you look closer green-and-purple gloss is clearly visible is the right light.  Ibises are also know […]