Margaret O’Toole’s Jabiru

The Australian Jabiru is similar and sometime confused with the subsaharan Africa “Jabiru”. The Australian bird is called the ‘Asian Black-necked Stork (ephippiorhynchus asiaticus) while the African Jabiru, while similar is called the Saddle-billed Stork (ephippiorhynchus senegalensis).

A town in the Northern Territory of Australia is named after this bird and is surrounded by the famous Kakadu National park. This town was originally the base town for the nearby ERA Ranger uranian mine. The ore body for the mine was discovered in 1969. The mining of uranium has been very controversial in Australian politics for many years, particularly in the 1970’s.

The Jabiru bird is found in the area.



This painting is entitled, “Sunrise Silhouette from top end – Jabiru”. It is a depiction of this wading bird on a pool feeding.

It is fascinating how Margaret has shown the ripples in the water as though the bird has been standing waiting for movement under the water. It has just struck, but unfortunately for the bird, breakfast is not available yet.

It is a magical painting depicting the early morning as the first light of the day shines in the sky signifying a new day.