Jabiru & Radjah Shelducks
Jabirus are starting to build their nests around Swim creek station at the moment - a few adults have been spotted collecting nesting materials on the flats and the shallows of the flood plain. The juveniles from some of the breeding last year are looking fit and healthy but don't yet have the full striking plumage of the adults.
Radjah Shelducks use their bill to filter mud & water, feeding on invetebretes (bugs) and plant matter (eg seeds). They have beautiful white & brown feathered colouring, with light pink bills, feet & eyes. Shelducks actually nest in tree hollows. A surprising amount of Australian birds, mammals and reptiles use tree hollows as shelter & nesting sites, they are incredibly important in the lanscape in any environment.