Arrivals & Departures Mass twitcher migration expected for Kakadu Bird Week

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Photo of Angie Tomlinson

Bird watchers and nature lovers are invited to flock to the Top End for the spectacular Kakadu Bird Week this October.

Whether it's graceful sea eagles on Yellow Water Billabong, the "Jesus bird" seeming to walk on water or local favourites such as the jabiru or kingfisher, Kakadu is one of Australia’s most spectacular locations for bird lovers.

And it'll host a major gathering of bird watchers and nature lovers for the annual Kakadu Bird Week from October 1-7, with special birding activities, events and a new photographic competition.

The region is home to more than one-third of Australia’s bird species and October is the peak time to see them in their full diversity.

A prime vantage point to view the spectacle is Yellow Water Billabong, at Cooinda, with Yellow Water Cruises and Kakadu Tourism offering visitors opportunities to get close to the bird life during the week. 

Yellow Water Cruises will offer a series of sunrise cruises hosted by Luke "Hawk Eyes" Paterson, a naturalist from NT Bird Specialists.

There will also be plenty of free activities and presentations during the week, with experts hosting talks and slideshows at Kakadu National Park’s Bowali Visitor Centre and at the Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel and Cooinda Lodge.

Kids can get along to the World of Birds for Kids, designed for junior twitchers. 

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