Mamukala Wetlands Billabong


During the rainy season low-lying basins fill up with water that runs in from the surrounding land or from overflowing rivers. During the dry they become isolated and are called billabongs. They slowly shrink as the season progresses, but many are deep enough and large enough to have water all year round. They are important refuges for many wetland species such as salt-water crocodiles. Pictured here are giant water lillies, Nymphaea gigantea.

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