.....I saw who was piloting the plane.
We flew over the parallel sand dunes, there are thousands of them stretching from north to south and held in place by the vegetation.
Then we spotted Coopers Creek full of water heading for the lake.
In places the river has runneth over and spreads over the desert turning it green and attracting bird life. We saw flocks of birds flying low over the water but I couldn't get a shot of them.
The water had washed over the Birdsville track making it impossible to drive through.
However a detour road goes around the flooded area and crosses the creek by a punt. It is a novelty for the punt to work as the creek is usually dry. The plane had been flying very low so we could get a good view of the wetlands.
We left the floods and climbed higher over the colourful desert and headed back to Maree, where we would have lunch and a tour of the town.