It's bonnie at Bon Bon

on 20 Aug 2013 

Bon Bon Station Reserve in South Australia’s North West has been fortunate to receive significant rainfall during autumn and winter this year, after 11 months of very dry conditions.  One hundred and fifty millimetres of rain has been recorded from February to July, which is around the annual average.
According to the neighbours this is the first good winter rain in the district for about 10 years.  The country has responded spectacularly; many trees and shrubs are flowering (particularly the Eremophilas, Acacias, Chenopods and Sennas); along with the annual herbage plants such as ptylotis sp., swainsona sp. and everlasting daisies.  There’s an amazing display of colour!
There is also plenty of surface water on the property in small freshwater lakes, clay pans, some creeks and dams and shallow water in the salt lakes.
Birdlife has increased as a result and we’re seeing more honey-eaters, white faces, wood swallows and water birds (such as pink-eared ducks and grey teal).
The full results from the fauna survey conducted at Easter with the SA Herpetology Group and the Field Naturalists Society SA (Mammal Club) have also recently arrived, along with the analysis of 84 barn owl pellets collected at the shearing shed. The most significant results were the presence of the Ooldea Dunnart (Sminthopsis ooldea) and the Inland Sandy Mouse (Pseudomys hermannsburgensis), two species which have not been recorded on Bon Bon in previous surveys.