Channel Country: Diamantina River, 150km upstream of Birdsville, Q.

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Ian Stehbens on February 27, 2010

LOCATION: This aerial photo of the Channel Country in SW Queensland is looking SW across the myriad of channels of the Diamantina River. It was taken from this position: 24° 58'S, 140° 35' 32" E.

The outback settlement of Birdsville is about 150km downstream, to the SW. The road from Windorah to Bedourie crosses this maze of channels not far upstream from here. In fact that development road was visible from the other side (right) of the plane.

SCALE: The section of the hook-shaped red dune seen in the left foreground corner of this photo is 4km long, whilst the top edge of the photo represents 35kms across.

This can all be verified on the available GE imagery here.

gezginruh on February 27, 2010

What an importants wetland! What a nice aerial photo!

Thanks dear Ian. GGR

Ian Stehbens on February 27, 2010

Dear Fü,

You will notice how arid this desert can be, if you glance across at the GE image. The floods that course down the channels here are very important for the vast populations of birds and wildlife as well as for those who graze beef cattle.

Thank you Füsun for your appreciation.


gezginruh on February 27, 2010

Thanks Ian, now, i'm reading that; " ".

Is it right address about this place? GGR

Ian Stehbens on February 28, 2010

That is a good start, . I hope you found it helpful. I have been doing a little looking on the web for good Channel Country material, but so far I have not found what I am looking for. The "queenslandplaces" site is ok, but lacks any good photos. I know there are some good ground ones on Panoramio, and some brilliant ones exist elsewhere but I haven't found them yet.

Did you find that address helpful? I look forward to seeing your artwork.



© mARTin on February 28, 2010

What a amazing view from plane! I was there 12 years ago. And I like the area around Birdsvile so much. If I was there, the rivers was dry, just some waterholes exist. But a lot of Wildlife are arround this waterholes. And we catch some beautiful perches. With this picture you give me a lot of memories back.

Best wishes, Martin

Ian Stehbens on February 28, 2010

That is one of the joys of Panoramio and GE isn't Martin, that we can revisit the places we have already been. I noticed a few of our friends had ground photos of the Channel Country, so that prompted me to upload these. I am delighted they have been valued by you. You are quite the traveller to have been to Birdsville and to have fished successfully in the Diamantina! Well done.


sugarbag1 on February 28, 2010

Amasing Photo Ian.Y*. Thanks for uploading them.Regards,David

Tom Lussier Photogra… on March 1, 2010

Just amazing contrast in this. Nice work Ian. ~Tom

Ian Stehbens on March 1, 2010

Thanks for your appreciation, David. You may have heard that Birdsville had its wettest day ever recorded, yesterday.

It really gives me pleasure to share these images with you, Tom. I hope you have had the time to correlate the photo with the GE imagery.


thor☼odin™ on March 2, 2010

Your picture Ian as well as these Sydney Op'bra pictures have changed my view of Australia completely ;))))) Best wishes, Peter

Ian Stehbens on March 2, 2010


There are some big floods currently moving through the Channel Country, Peter, and once again there will be an inland sea to see. Bit like the "see" of people that surged around that Danish derived idea: the Opera House. And it would appear, or it might be seen, that there are plenty of Danish derivatives in the Sydney population, Peter. I am sure you noticed!!!!!

Thanks for being so interested in Sydney, Australia. ;))

Amelia Royan on March 3, 2010

These flowing streams of mermaids' hair surely cannot be a usual find in central Australia Ian ;))

I know that aerial photos are only rarely selected for GE, and that seems such a pity, as these latest uploads show the wonderful art of our planet :))

Warm wishes, Amelia

Ian Stehbens on March 3, 2010

Dear Amelia,

The good news is that all of my aerials so far, I believe have been selected by Panoramio, so I hope that continues here. You are right about the mermaids (I am confident you know far more about them than I do) for I can't recall ever meeting one in the desert. The closest some have come to that is to go to sleep in their swag on a lonely track beside a billabong, while they tramping to the next shearing job, and meet Matilda (in their dreams!). And always the same invitational reply may be heard: "You'll come a waltzing, Matilda, with me."

Their are many billabongs in this photograph. So maybe many Matildas too.


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