The Northern Territory is an outstanding birding destination comprising sandstone and woodland endemics in the north and some rewarding desert birding in the south.The Katherine region offers the opportunity to view over 230 species including Golden Finches (pictured). The tours listed below are designed to observe as many species in the different habitats in the region in the timeframe allocated. Mick Jerram is an experienced Bird Guide in the region (over 20 years) and is able to look for sought after target species.
• 3 Day Katherine River, Woodlands & Ecotones Tour
• Katherine ‘Big Day Out’ Tour
• Private Guiding in the Northern Territory with customised itineraries.
3 Day Katherine River, Woodlands & Ecotones Tour
An opportunity to observe species from a different and rewarding platform. This 3 day program will include 1 day and night of canoeing/kayaking and walking along the Katherine River and its Ecotones and 2 days of walking and/or driving in the woodlands of the region. We access private land and large pastoral leases, not open to the general public, which ensures that travelling avoids overcrowded areas.
Travelling along the river presents many opportunistic sightings of a wide array of bird species. The diversity of species here is attributed to not only the water, but to the Ecotones or ‘transitional areas’, where species diversification occurs (Redreau). We see waders and waterbirds, raptors, grassland and woodland birds, all whilst spending time in the intimate surrounds of the river.
Katherine ‘Big Day Out’ Tour
A Great Birding Enthusiasts day out, from Sun up to after Sun down. Visiting a large number of local sites within 1 hour of Katherine we view over 100 species regularly. Highlights are: Gouldian Finch, Hooded Parrot, Northern Crested Shrike-tit, Red Goshawk.
If you would like to go further afield, extra days will see us travelling to the Flora River, Mengenn (Land of the Lightning Brothers) and the Victoria River District.Often, Birding Itineraries are designed and customised for the group/individual.
The Top End of the NT includes National Parks (both State and Commonwealth). Professional guides must have appropriate permits and licenses to conduct commercial operations within these parks. It is illegal to conduct a commercial tour in a vehicle not registered as an accepted ‘Tour Vehicle’, whether in a park or not. These regulations are an insurance to visitors that a level of professionalism with regards to safety and insurance is assurred.
Our Private Guiding rate includes a Guide and a vehicle for a 10 hour day and 500km of travelling. Extensions for the day (up to 2hours) are charged at $180 per hour and includes an extra 100km. Maximum numbers in a vehicle are 4, however, a vehicle may ‘tag along’ for $660 per day. In this case we reserve the right to waive responsibilty for damage and injury to the passengers and/or the vehicle.
Cost: From AUD$660.00 per day
We are nestled in a region surrounded by endemic and endangered species. We are able to customise an itinerary which will be focused on these species, or a species which is of particular interest to you. These may include;
Red Goshawk, Hooded Parrot, Purple-crowned Fairy-wren, White-throated grasswren or Gouldian Finch.
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For costings and itineraries please contact us.