The vanishing billabong


Billabongs provide a temporary water supply for animals after a flood, but soakage and evaporation soon lead pastoralists to resort to pumping water from bores into troughs. Converging livestock and native animal tracks inflict heavy grazing pressure on the surrounding vegetation. Impact on the land and water availability are increasing problems as a result of climate change and record hot and dry periods.
In the vicinity of Diamantina River, Queensland
Canon EOS 5D MkII, Canon EF 70–200mm f/4L IS USM lens at 70mm, 1/320, f11, ISO 100, aerial, handheld

by Gary Steer, Sydney, New South Wales