Dingoes could reverse the decline in Native Wildlife.

Dingoes, which were once present across Australia, are known to prey upon kangaroos, emus and feral goats and it’s thought they also deter foxes and feral cats.
Photograph: AAP/Supplied by Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre
by Oliver Milma
Australia’s lengthy “dingo fence” should be altered to allow dingoes into a national park to test whether they can help reverse the precipitous decline of native wildlife, a group of conservation experts has recommended.
The bold experiment would involve remodelling the dingo-proof fence that stretches from eastern Queensland to the South Australian coastline. At more than 5,500km long, the barrier, originally constructed in the 1880s to keep out rabbits, is the longest fence in the world.
Altering the fence’s boundary would enable dingoes to enter the Sturt national park in New South Wales, allowing scientists to assess whether dingoes, long reviled by many people as dangerous to livestock and even humans, could in fact act as saviours for threatened native animals.
Dingoes are known to prey upon kangaroos, emus and feral goats and it’s thought they also deter foxes and feral cats – the two introduced predators blamed for causing massive declines in animals such as bilbies, bandicoots and bettongs across Australia.
But while dingoes were once present across Australia, the combination of the dingo-proof fence and culling of the animals to stop them attacking livestock means they are now not found in large areas of New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia.
A paper published in Restoration Ecology by Australian ecologists suggests the reintroduction of dingoes could prove beneficial to native wildlife.
“Predation by foxes and feral cats is the key driver of extinctions, so we need to change what we’ve previously done and look at if the dingo can help,” said Dr Thomas Newsome of the University of Sydney, the report’s lead author.
via ‘Rewilding’ dingoes could help reverse decline of Australia’s native wildlife | Environment | The Guardian.

“Drone’s Eye View of Whales Visiting a Paddle Boarder.”

Jaimen Hudson became quadriplegic after a motorcycle accident, but can control his drone with his thumbs and shoulder movements and here captures his friend Dave Price paddle boarding with whales off the west coast of Australia.
“It just so happened that he was out at the time, and a few people let me know there were whales on the beach and it all just went from there,” Hudson said in an online interview.
“They were really curious and came over to meet [Dave]…
Just very inquisitive about him, I don’t think it was really that dangerous at all.”
Source: Drone Catches Whales Visiting a Standup Paddleboarder — 5 things I learned today

“Caught in the Flood.”

Photo by Russell Latter · · From Pic of the Week
This photo was take at Old Carey Gully Road in Stirling, South Australia.
I found this wild koala sitting in the road.
He was surrounded by flood waters and so I guided him over a bridge he then went over to the fence post and climbed to the top where the photo was taken.
He then climbed down the other side and walked across a shallow flooded area to a nearby gum tree.
He climbed to the top and settled down on a branch for a much earned rest.
I went back to check on him and he was in a nearby tree and snoozing and looking much dryer.
So a good story with a happy ending.
Source: ABC OPEN: Wet Koala || From Project: Pic of the Week

“Abandoned in the Bush.”

One of the Australian favourite photographs of the competition was this one of a abandoned homestead in country New South Wales, Australia.
Image Credit: Photograph by Adam Williams/International Landscape Photographer of the Year 2016 Competition.
Source: Best landscape photos of 2016 announced – Australian Geographic

“It’s Wedding Day for the Team.”

Author: Tracey Kruger
Image Credit: Photograph by Tracey Kruger · · From Pic of the Week
It’s a Big day today for this hardworking shearer and wool classer team of Simone and Mark (Sparky).
It’s their wedding day and I get to take the photos!
It will be a slight change from photographing them in district woolsheds and I’m looking forward to it!
Penshurst VIC 3289
Source: ABC OPEN: Shearer and woolclasser team || From Project: Pic of the Week

“The Arch on a clear warm Night.”

The London Arch, Victoria on a clear night.
Photographer: Oat Vaiyaboon
by Oat Vaiyaboon · · From Pic of the Week
We didn’t plan on such a long drive but the night was calm, clear and not too cold.
So we decided that astrophotography at the Apostles on the Great Ocean Road, Victoria was on the cards.
After looking at a few stats and an app., the milky way seem to be in a optimal position for a star trail.
Port Campbell VIC 3269
Source: ABC OPEN: London Arch on a warm spring night || From Project: Pic of the Week