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Fogg Dam Birdwatching

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Many tours from Darwin visit the Fogg Dam bird watching conservation park to see birds galore, including Jabiru, Brolga, Magpie Geese and hundreds of other species which have been sighted in this park.

Flock of birds at Fogg DamFlock of birds at Fogg Dam

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.

Jabiru - Australia's only StorkJabiru - Australia's only Stork

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.

trees and water viewed from the causewayView from the causeway
Birds at Fogg DamBirds at Fogg Dam
Fogg Dam causewayFogg Dam causeway
main viewing platformMain viewing platform

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.

Comb Crested Jacana (Jesus Bird)Comb Crested Jacana (Jesus Bird)
Wetlands stretch into the distanceWetlands stretch into the distance

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.

wallabyA wallaby feeds peacefully at the edge of the dam.
information boardInformation on the hidden inhabitants of the wetlands

As this information board explains, birds and wallabies are not the only wildlife in abundance.

During the dry season Dusky Rats and Water Pythons breed up to enormous numbers making the area one of the highest concentrations of animal life in the world.

saltwater crocodileCrocodile beside the causeway.

There is no charge for visiting, remember your insect repellent 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.

More Fogg Dam information...

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

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