Channel Country


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Channel Country

the. an area of E central Australia, in SW Queensland: crossed by intermittent rivers and subject to both flooding and long periods of drought
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The Channel Country encompasses a complex system of river channels that are mostly dry, but occasionally wet.
The catchments of the Channel Country's major river systems begin hundreds of kilometres to the north and east, feeding floodwaters from monsoonal Australia into Lake Eyre.
Waterbirds have a remarkable ability to find the most productive wetlands across the Australian continent and within the Channel Country. In years when there are marked contrasts in flood size between the three main rivers, waterbirds head for the biggest inundated floodplains.
A total of almost 90 species of waterbird has been recorded in the Channel Country. Ignoring the few wetland raptors and bush birds, and four species of aberrant shorebird that are not tied to wetlands, at least 21 species of migratory shorebird are non-breeding visitors to the region.
Even greater numbers of breeding Australian shorebirds occur in the Channel Country, and together the two groups of shorebird comprise 40 per cent of waterbird species, and up to 25 per cent of total abundance.
Although big floods only occur every few years, the Channel Country in flood has a magnetic attraction for waterbirds from much of the continent, and the urge to breed creates massive influxes.
The Channel Country booms in waterbirds are explained by immigration --mainly from outside the Basin--and high rates of reproductive success.
These eruptions out of the Channel Country are most noticeable when they involve species not normally present in coastal and southern (populated) regions.
Part of the Lake Eyre Basin, it is a vast and awe-inspiring landscape with desert dunes, Mitchell grass plains, worn and ancient mountain ranges, wetlands and channel country. Together with Ethabuka, another reserve to the south, this new holding will protect 21 major plant communities, more than 65 reptile species, 30 mammal species and over 120 types of birds.
To ease the ordeal, the Channel country has some of the most spectacular scenery on offer.
Reid is documenting the species richness and abundance of waterbirds in the wetlands of the Channel country, and the correlation between breeding and changes in flooding along the river.
Contract awarded for remote aerodrome subsidy scheme region 3 channel country

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