After 3 years of drought, the thriving bird haven of the Copley Retention Dam had almost completely evaporated. Flooding summer rains in the Northern Flinders Ranges replenished the dam overnight.
Throughout the flood / drought cycle, Copley Retention Dam is supporting over 70 recorded bird species, many of which are profiled on the Flinders Ranges Field Naturalists site including birds classified as Rare by the South Australian National Parks and Wildlife Act, such as
- Musk Duck
- Blue-billed Duck
- Australasian Darter
- Elegant Parrot
- Great Crested Grebe.
A sunrise view to the east from the top of Mt Chambers, Flinders Ranges. The white salt of Lake From can be seen on the horizon.
Quartzite outcrop of the Black Range, Warraweena Conservation Park
A view of the Copley Quartzite formation that contains Aroona Dam, and in the distance the Brachina siltstone formation of the Bayley Range.
The distinctive peaks of Arkaroola as seen from the north of the Gammon Ranges.
North of the quartzite pound are precambrian formations of shale and limestone of the Tapley Hill and Aberoona formations.
Dramatic Mamma clouds forming over Lyndhurst Ochre Pit.
Native succulent Sarcostema viminale ssp astrale also known as Caustic Bush, Milk Bush, Caustic Plant, Lye Bush, Snake Plant, Pencil Caustic, Milk Vine, here seen at the Lyndhurst Ochre Pits.
Pink flowering aquatic plants are blooming this summer at the mouth of Aroona Dam in the Northern Flinders Ranges.
The quartzite capped basin of Wilpena Pound as seen on a short walk from Wilpena resort.