The Black Necked Stork

The Black-necked stork aka Jabiru (Ephippiorhyncus australis) is a BIG bird of the wetland, standing 1.4m tall and with a wingspan to two metres. In languages of western Arnhem Land it is known also by two names — Kandji and Djanarra. The standing bird above is a male, distinguished by a dark eye while the bird flying above the burned acacia scrub is a female with a distinctive yellow eye. The two lower shots were taken from a helicopter on the way back to camp after surveying for rock art on Gumarrirnbang Creek and the standing bird was photographed at Yellow Waters in Kakadu. The bird in silhouette was enjoying time in Darwin, photographed against late afternoon sun at Rapid Creek. Kandji is found in singles, pairs and families in coastal and sub-coastal north Australia and also in Papua New Guinea.