PHOTOGRAPHY - MARK HOFFMANN | SHAYOTE CARTER
STYLING - SHAYOTE DESIGNS
LOCATION - FOGG DAM CONSERVATION RESERVE
DETAILS - SHAYOTE JEWELLERY | BAG - MOCHILA BAGS | DRESS - GIRL BOSS NT | HAT - CONNER HATS | VEHICLE - HUMPTY DOO HILLBILLIES
I feel very blessed to have Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve only a few kilometres away from our little acreage at Humpty Doo...
Internationally known as a bird watchers paradise it is one of my favourite places to visit all year round to just soak up the serenity, listen to the birdsong or to walk amongst the mangroves.
Fog Dam Conservation reserve is located on the traditional lands of the Limilngan-Wulna people and is known as a Long Neck Turtle Dreaming. The reserve is an integral part of dreaming trails that cross into the Adelaide River area and is home to many sacred sites that are managed by the traditional owners.
The reserve provides a safe haven for the native wildlife that is being encroached upon by rural development and boasts over 200 species of birds including brolgas, storks, ducks, geese, kites, and a plethora of wetland birds. It is also a home to our crocodiles, turtles, buffalo, snakes and wallabies. You can find many types of water plants unique to the wetlands including different herbs and beautiful flowering lilies. It is a part of the large catchment areas here in the Top End that fills to the brim in the wet season and recedes in the dry... a lot like our land for wildlife property which is on the edge of the Howard River catchment area.
It is September which means that we are coming up to the driest part of the year. The wetlands have receded as much as they can before the wet season rains come again in mid November to fill them back up again!
I inherited my love for birdwatching from my late grandfather and still use his vintage binoculars today.... they have the clearest lenses and incredible magnification with a lifetime of memories looking through them. Fogg Dam ticks every single box when it comes to bird watching!
After a hectic week of work I spent the afternoon with my husband Mark soaking up the lush beauty this landscape has to offer with our trusty Nikon camera in tow.. We witnessed the local aboriginal ladies gathering medicine, spotted some buffalo, witnessed zillions of birds and even had a near brush with a snake! Luckily it wasn't a poisonous one...
The combination of the purple haze on the horizon from the local bushfires, the reflection of the dry season colours on the surface of the still water and the sounds of whistling ducks and magpie geese flying over head made for an absolutely stunning sunset.
If your planning a trip to the NT or you are a local, there is nothing like watching the sunrise or sunset at this magnificent sanctuary for the wildlife unique to our Top End.
What are you waiting for!!
To find out more about this beautiful patch of paradise head over to Friends of Fogg Dam