Thanks to the largely untouched wilderness of this remote region, the Kimberley area is home to a spectacular array of wildlife. We’re not only talking about the larger species like kangaroos and crocodiles – the Kimberley is also home to over 300 species of birds. Even if you’ve never taken birdwatching particularly seriously, you’ll be enchanted by the sheer range of colour and diversity amongst the Kimberley birdlife.
If you’re looking to set off on Kimberley cruises in 2017 and beyond, keep your eyes peeled and camera ready for some of the beautiful birdlife the region has to offer. Of course, we can’t go through all of the birds you’ll be likely to see on your cruise so today we’ll just be highlighting a few species.
This brightly coloured, noisy bird is hard to miss when you visit the Kimberley region. Rainbow Lorikeets are easily identified by their vibrant plumage and they’re even easier to spot given their tendency to travel in large groups. Social and highly visible, Rainbow Lorikeets are generally excellent subjects for photos.
Unlike the smaller breeds which may be a little harder to find, Brolgas certainly stand out. These incredible birds can grow up to 1.3 metres in height and are easy to spot in their habitats in freshwater swamps, lagoons, and river pools. For a truly amazing sight, sometimes when Brolgas gather in large groups they ‘dance’ with spectacular leaping displays.
Blue Winged Kookaburra
The Blue Winged Kookaburra makes for a striking addition to the birdlife of the Kimberley with its prominent blue plumage and distinctive pale eyes. Found in habitats throughout the Kimberley, the Blue Winged Kookaburra can be quite shy but has a very distinctive call – they can often be heard making a racket in the evening.
Red Tailed Black Cockatoo
This impressive bird is a protected species and are easy to spot in the Kimberley area with their large size, black crest and red, orange or yellow panels on their tails. Red Tailed Black Cockatoos eat mainly seeds and can be found nesting in tree hollows.
A striking bird with fluorescent blue and yellow markings, the Northern Rosella’s unusual colouring makes it stand out. The Northern Rosella can be found in woodland areas of the Kimberley region and are usually seen on their own or in pairs – try to see if you can capture a picture of their beautiful colouring!
Ocean Dream Charters offer a range of Kimberley cruises which will take you on a once in a lifetime journey to explore the rugged and beautiful landscape of the Kimberley region. Through our cruises, you’ll be immersed in the spectacular sights and scenery of this picturesque part of the world as your every need is taken care of by our experienced crew.
Aboard our 80-foot twin hull catamaran, you’ll experience true luxury as we take you to some of the most remote areas of the region. With us, you’ll have the ultimate Kimberley experience.
For Kimberley boat cruises, contact Ocean Dream Charters today on 1300 944 727.