Things to do, Tennant Creek & Barkly Region, Northern Territory, Australia

Bird watching, Tennant Creek & Barkly

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Galahs, Tennant Creek and Barkly Region, Northern Territory, Australia

Budding birdwatchers and serious ornithologists are spoilt for choice in Tennant Creek. Wide open skies, biologically diverse waterholes, lakes and grassland reserves make this region (literally) a breeding ground for many unique species of birdlife.

Picnic by the lake

Take the kids for a barbeque picnic and a swim at Lake Mary Ann, just five kilometres out of Tennant Creek. After lunch take one of the local bushwalking tracks to find serene wildlife watching areas. Set in the middle of a relatively arid landscape the lake provides the perfect spot for bird watching. Admire migratory birds such as the little curlew or scan the water's edge for great egrets.

Davenport Ranges

The Davenport Range National Park is an important refuge for fauna, especially water birds, due to an extensive network of waterholes. Stroll around the park and listen for the squawk of little corellas or search for the rare weebill, royal spoonbill, radjah shelduck, little eagle, and red-tailed black-cockatoo at The Old Police Station Waterhole.

Also nestled in the Davenport Ranges, and part of a greater network of waterholes, Whistle Duck is a serene spot for bird watching. Some birds in this area include the sacred kingfisher, olive-backed oriole, straw-necked ibis and whistling kite.

Lagoons and tablelands

The only reserve in Australia established for the conservation of Mitchell Grassland communities, Connells Lagoon Conservation Reserve is situated in the heart of the Barkly Tablelands. An amazing array of birdlife can be found on the reserve including the rare flock bronzewing pigeon.

Head to the popular camping spot at Renner Springs, which also attracts birds through a natural spring, known as Mud Springs, and Lake Woods is a major breeding habitat for many inland birds, including pelicans, cormorants, darters, straw neck and glossy black ibis.

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