Adult male Diamond Dove (Geopelia cuneata) seen with mate at Copley Retention Dam.
As the water in the Copley Retention Dam recedes, rounds of colonising forbs germinate in colourful bands at the water’s edge.
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.
The Australasian Darter (Anhinga novaehollandiae), at Copley Retention Dam, is classified as a Rare species and is protected by South Australian National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972. This species was also nominated in 2018 for federal protection under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
Hirundo neoxena at Copley Retention Dam.
Rhipidura leucophrys at Copley Retention Dam.
Haliastur sphenurus at Copley Retention Dam.
Yellow-billed Spoonbill (Platalea flavipes), Australian Pelican (Pelicanus conspicillatus) and Silver Gull (Chroicephalus novaehollandiae) at Copley Retention Dam.