Fogg Dam Birdwatching

Many tours from Darwin visit the Fogg Dam birdwatching consevation park to see birds galore, including Jabiru, Brolga, Magpie Geese and scores of other species which have been sighted in this reserve.

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They come because there are so many birds here you don't need to be an ardent birdwatcher to be impressed.

Most tours are en route to Kakadu, Adelaide River or even Litchfield Park, so most only stay for a brief visit.

Enthiusiastic birdwatchers will want to stay longer, and visit the park many times to catch the seasonal changes that occur through the year.

Confirmed sightings of 230 species of birds have been listed here in The Australian Bird Atlas.

With open water, floodplain, monsoon and paperbark forest, and swamp environments all in a small area, there is suitable habitat for many different types of birds.
Jabiru
Jabiru - Australia's only Stork
Birds at Fogg Dam
Birds at Fogg Dam
Causeway
Fogg Dam Causeway
Access to the large viewing platform (left) is via the causeway (above right) which is about the only visible reminder of a failed rice farming venture here in the 1950's. This causeway provides a large shallow water body ideal for wildlife. Main viewing platfrom
Main viewing platfrom

Wetlands
Wetlands
During the wet season wetlands like this cover hundreds of thousands of square kilometres. This area shrinks during the rainless dry season to as little as 2% of the area, resulting in a concentration of water birds in the remaining water.
There is no charge for visiting, remember your insect repellant and keep away from the water's edge - this is crocodile country.

It would be quite easy to trip over a croc like this one waiting on the side of the causeway, they can be difficult to see amongst the foliage and reeds.
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Crocodile on the causeway bank
Fogg Dam Crocodile



There are also plenty of birds in the suburban areas of Darwin and other NT towns. See some photos of Darwins birds here, more garden birds here, and some local water birds here.

More birdwatching photos from the Darwin area.




The Dam has now been delared a Heritage Site. If you are interested in helping maintain this unique NT Enivionment, see Friends of Fogg Dam


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