The Mamukala wetlands was for the Roaming Rowes a kind of farewell to Kakadu, and what a farewell it was!! No doubt at some stage you have been to a lake and admired a graceful swan gliding or a family of ducks paddling, but have you been to a place where thousands of birds come together? The Mamukala Wetlands is this place. The sounds alone were spectacular to the ears, making it an all encompassing sensory experience.
A viewing shelter is setup for you to enjoy this spectacle of nature where thousands of magpie geese congregate to feed. You’ll find many different birds there as well; pelicans, egrets, burdekin ducks, swamp hens and plumed whistling ducks just to name a few. It is a birdwatchers paradise! For maximum effect it’s best seen in September – October just before Alijurr (Leichardt Grasshopper) sings, filling the evening with sounds and the wet season rolls in. The universe took care of us as that’s the exact time we were leaving Kakadu, it really was the send off to rival all send offs. How lucky are we? WOOHOO!
The Mamukala experience, as described by Kitty (Our 11 year old Roaming Rowe) went like this:
Mamukala wetlands was beautiful it was an excellent view, there were water lillies, light blue water, trees and mountains as far as the eye could see. Not only that, but there were hundreds or even thousands of birds. Some of the birds that were there were Magpie Geese, Egrets, Plumed whistler ducks, Burdekin ducks, Pelicans and Swamp Hens. We caught a cool video of a pelican swimming around looking for fish then he suddenly snapped his beak closed and you could see a fish jumping around in his mouth, then he just swallowed it! Mamukala Wetlands was fantastic and I really enjoyed it. Kitana Rowe.