With the water comes life. The green can be seen from space. Fish fill the water. And birds are flying in to the lake and its tributaries from hundreds of kilometers away. There are reports of a huge pelican breeding colony numbering 40,000 to 60,000. And 10,000 whistling ducks have settled on the Diamantina River, which flows into the lake.
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation had an interesting video on the phenomenon. And NASA has some great satellite photos showing the area before and after the flooding:
(NASA images created by Jesse Allen, using Landsat data provided by the United States Geological Survey.)