Transformation

Published 19 Mar 2018 
about  Cravens Peak Reserve  
Cravens Peak Reserve has had a good soaking.<br/> Cravens Peak Reserve has had a good soaking.
Pink-eared Ducks.<br/> Pink-eared Ducks.
Shield Shrimp (Triops australiensis) which hatch from eggs that can lay desiccated in dried mud and dust for decades are an important food for water birds.<br/> Shield Shrimp (Triops australiensis) which hatch from eggs that can lay desiccated in dried mud and dust for decades are an important food for water birds.
Ephemeral wetlands are visible in the distance here in a swale between two dunes (foreground and far distance).<br/> Ephemeral wetlands are visible in the distance here in a swale between two dunes (foreground and far distance).
Banded Lapwings in an ephemeral wetland.<br/> Banded Lapwings in an ephemeral wetland.
A recently sprouted Darling Lily (Crinum flaccidum).<br/> A recently sprouted Darling Lily (Crinum flaccidum).

After 52mm of rain fell over the course of two days it’s wonderful to watch the landscape transform on the edge of the Simpson Desert.

Reserve staff are currently happily “stranded” on Cravens Peak Reserve being cut off by the Mulligan River on the Boulia and Bedourie roads. 

Signs of a good soaking include Darling Lilies (Crinum flaccidum) springing from the soil, flooded claypans in the dune swales transforming into ephemeral wetlands teeming with shield shrimp (Triops australiensis) and a host of water birds visiting the desert lakes. Everything is keyed into this time of plenty.

It’s such a stark contrast to three weeks ago when we had a run of five over 50°C days and things were perishing.

Pink-eared Ducks.<br/> Pink-eared Ducks.
Shield Shrimp (Triops australiensis) which hatch from eggs that can lay desiccated in dried mud and dust for decades are an important food for water birds.<br/> Shield Shrimp (Triops australiensis) which hatch from eggs that can lay desiccated in dried mud and dust for decades are an important food for water birds.
Ephemeral wetlands are visible in the distance here in a swale between two dunes (foreground and far distance).<br/> Ephemeral wetlands are visible in the distance here in a swale between two dunes (foreground and far distance).
Banded Lapwings in an ephemeral wetland.<br/> Banded Lapwings in an ephemeral wetland.
A recently sprouted Darling Lily (Crinum flaccidum).<br/> A recently sprouted Darling Lily (Crinum flaccidum).