Trip report: Australia’s Top End custom photo tour (Aug 2016) by Tropical Birding

Guided by Laurie Ross, Lisle Gwynn, and Iain Campbell. This was a custom photography tour with an itinerary similar to that of our scheduled Australia’s Top End tour.

This customized tour was put together for people who were interested finding, and photographing, some of the specialty birds of Australia’s Top End, the top section of the Northern Territory. This weeklong tour started and ended in the northern city of Darwin, a great birding and photo locale in its own right. After photographing one of the Top End’s star birds – Rainbow Pitta – we headed south, making stops at Victoria River to photograph the beautiful Purple-crowned Fairywren; and spending time around Timber Creek and Top Springs that allowed us to photograph some of the rarest species in the Top End, the Technicolor Gouldian Finch, and hard to find Gray Falcon, among others. Some of our last birding, before returning to Darwin, following a stop at Pine Creek to admire and shoot their stunning Hooded Parrots, was within world famous Kakadu National Park. The famous Yellow Water Cruise in Kakadu was undertaken both in the afternoon and morning, allowing us to photograph an array of waterbirds, like Azure Kingfisher, Pied Heron and Comb-crested Jacanas, in addition to some enormous sunbathing Saltwater Crocodiles. The tour ended back in Darwin, from where the group moved on to Eastern Australia for another photo tour following this one…

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