Australasian Darter

Australasian Darter (female)

Australasian Darter (female)

This bird inhabits much of Australia as well as other countries in the vicinity of Australia.  As a member of the Anhinga family, it is also related to other darters in America and Africa.


On a pontoon boat cruising down the Yellow River in Kakadu National Park, we spotted this female wrestling with her catch of the day.


Photo credit:  Athena Alexander


39 thoughts on “Australasian Darter

    • As I read your comment, Sharon, it’s still dark out this morning…and you’ve already made my day! Thanks for buying WW, I know you’ll enjoy it. I’m working now on Golden Gate Graveyard, in the middle of the second draft. Thank you so much! 😀

  1. It’s the little things that make our days isn’t it. I’m happy I was able to help out.🐯 I’ll be sure to write a great review on Amazon.

  2. Isn’t Kakadu beautiful? The water lilies are what stunned and amazed me most but please, please tell me you were lucky enough to see a Jabiru whilst there in its nest?!

    • Yes, I really liked Kakadu a lot, Joanne; we spent a week there. We did see two different Jabiru individuals. Both were so far away that the guide didn’t even see the one, and almost didn’t stop. He got the boat a little closer, once we called his attention to the jabiru. Wonderful bird, and a total thrill. Got a better jabiru photo in Belize, but I’ll look through the Austral. photos and see what I can find, maybe do a post. As always, a delight to hear from you, Joanne, and thanks for the great question. 😀

    • We were in Kakadu in Sept. that year, and it was over 100 degrees (F.) there every single day. The morning birding always went well until about 10 am, then it was so hot even the birds stopped moving. Athena caught this capture on a dawn boat ride. Thank you so very much, HJ. 😀

  3. The catch of the day has one nasty looking beak…. not sure I would want to be swallowing that… hope it is already dead before it goes down.

  4. And, we are under the illusion that we know Natural History … Oh dear Jet !So many wonderful species of animals and plants! It’s really nice when you have the chance to see them in their environment.Marvellous the darter you captured on the reflective waters,great timing,hope you didn’t spoil her appetite lol . BTW,how can you tell that this is a female one ? I suppose it has to do with the plumage.Enjoy your day my friend 🙂

    • Hi Doda! Your supposition is correct regarding the darter’s gender. The male has a black crown, neck and breast; whereas the female (and juveniles) have a lot more white. Always a delight, my dear friend…. 😀 😀

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