During a recent morning walk when I just happened to spend a few minutes in our hide…. I wondered why a pair of Pacific Black Duck took off in hurried flight. As I sat there pondering their sudden departure a pair of Dingoes came into view. I wasn’t quick enough to photograph them together but the other was black with a white blaze on its chest, not an unusual colouring for Dingoes in our area. We know they’re around as we sometimes hear them howling at night but their presence poses a dilemma. We actively discourage pig dogs from hunting on our property as they will chase /hunt anything including our resident Swampy Wallabies, Bandicoots and any ground dwelling birds.
The following morning I took the next photo in which you can see Magpie Geese occupying the same ground as the Dingoes the previous day, there is also a pair of Latham’s Snipe enjoying this same area, (they’ve been there for several weeks now but they are not in the photo!)
We understand that a healthy functioning ecosystem includes predators and although it is sometimes difficult to watch when a particular favourite animal becomes another’s meal we usually follow our policy of non-intervention. The exception to this rule is discouraging the Black Butcherbirds from feeding on our verandah frogs!
We recently watched a BB killing quite a large Green Tree snake which was rather sad as the snake was badly injured when we saw it and it takes quite a while for the Butcherbird to kill it. The BB’s young were waiting for another feed, although they are almost full size they still follow the parents around and beg for food – so I do feel some sympathy for the BB parents.
Back to the dingo dilemma – as our 40 hectares is close to the Dagmar Range of the Greater Daintree National Park as well as having the long frontage on Barratt Creek which is part of the Daintree River system, we feel that our property is only part of the home range of the Dingoes and while we may notice some impact from time to time we will leave them in peace.