This fellow looks like he could be your pet, but he's not. About 5000 years before Portuguese navigators began exploring the east coast of Australia and Captain Cook claimed it for Britain, Asian seafarers had introduced the dingo or Asian wolf to Australia’s northern shores. As it spread throughout mainland Australia it became responsible for a change in the ecology and the extinction of a number of mammals.
Because the dingo never reached Tasmania some animals which were killed out on the mainland survived there including the Thylacine (Tasmanian tiger) and Tasmanian devils. The dingos became the dominant predator of the Australian mainland and with the Aborigines occupied a niche at the top of the food chain. They became a critical part of the Australian environment and over thousands of years the Australian ecology adjusted to their presence.
About the same time as dingos arrived on the continent, Fraser Island was already cut off from the mainland and assuming its present shape and form. Because it was separated from the mainland by only a couple of kilometres in parts of Great Sandy Strait, dingos would have had no difficulty in swimming across to take up residency on this island of 167,000 hectares
Quoted from http://www.fido.org.au/moonbi/DingoStory20010502.html
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kittyhawk (1768) 2006-03-07 3:15
This is a great shot, the animal allmost looks majestic.
RGatward (20086) 2006-03-07 3:17
INteresting note and good illustrative shot for it. I never knew that about Tasmania, or the history of the dingo.
PixelTerror (0) 2006-03-07 5:14
You're right about the title, as anybody who has not been to Australia may be a bit confused... Nice shot of this dingo, I like how its colors contrasts against the green background to stand out better, from a compo point of view a bit too centered, you could have left some space on the right to free its way.
Have a nice day,
spence (65) 2006-03-07 7:34
Not so easy to get a shot like this I think, Patricia - well done. I like the way you got him with such a great background of green foliage of contrasting shapes, and standing on the log. We can see him so clearly and his pose is strong.
lestans (17168) 2006-03-07 11:32
Another great capture of a wild animal, Pat! And so well framed! Did you capture this shot in a zoo? It doesn't look a wild place.
josepmarin (58357) 2006-03-07 12:26
Interesting shot. The dingo seems that he is posing for the photographer.
Beautiful bottom of vegetation, with nice green colors.
Pjulin (400) 2006-03-07 13:36
It really looks like a dog that would come and play with you if you'd call it... better not, i suppose. Good natural colors in the photo.
chinchini (31529) 2006-03-07 16:21
Très belle prise de vue accompagnée d'une note très instructive. A l'arrière du fier dingo j'apprécie la luxuriante végétation.
DownUnder (1177) 2006-03-07 22:15
Hi Patricia, very well pictured Dingo.. beautiful looking animal, good timing + framing and a great note, just a little soft focus on dingo though. Have a look at this place where he lives.... tfs
feather (51130) 2006-03-08 6:46
It does look more like a domesticated dog. You have captured him nicely standing on the log. Was it in a park of in the wild?
MartaW (703) 2006-03-08 12:59
Good composition. For me it's a very exotic green place. Thank you for interesting note.
weswang (18223) 2006-03-08 16:42
Hi Patricia, A nice capture of the dingo posing for your camera. I like the contrast of the creature in contrast with the green background. Nice catch and good clarity. Well done.
RADEEH (2802) 2006-03-08 20:57
A great pose of the dog.
You are lucky to get this one .
The green is well contrasted to the dog.
I just feel like a scene from India.
Thanks for this shot for remebering me scenes like this are also available in Australia.
MLINES (12516) 2006-03-09 3:13
Great capture of a Dingo. These native dogs have been in the news a lot recently for chasing and eating tourists among other things. Your photo captures the coat very well. Good for TE.
krysia (4222) 2006-03-09 12:41
First of all, very interesting history of dingo ilustrated with a splendid photo of the animal.I like the rich colours.Are they (dingos) dangerous for a man?
singuanti (15250) 2006-03-09 15:08
Hi Patricia. The results weren't too shabby for the older camera but your D70 would have made this a lot easier. You just would have had to set the auto focus point on the dingo in addition to using a faster shutter speed in this situation. I'm with the others who suggest it's a bit close to center. I do like the tropical feel of this one. tfs Patricia.
goodwill (4226) 2006-06-08 15:02
a perfect wallpaper shot.
Neat and clean image.
Henryk_Bilor (20799) 2006-06-14 17:10
Hi again Pat
Lovely dog :). You say he is not a pet, but I see his very nice face and I don`t believe you ;). Good capture, although the sharpness is behind dingo ;).
Have a nice evening.
gunbud (34066) 2006-10-25 20:27
You have well caught the wildness of the dingo. His alert stance and lean muscular body. I once had a deaf dog that retained alot of the wolf and he had a smiliar stance when he sensed something in the air.
Emiel_Skyfreak (3002) 2006-10-29 17:42
Great capture of a dingo. Haven't seen it before on TE, so I think it's quite original, but I must admit I haven't been browsing Australia section very thorough. Also nice that you have captured it in it's natural habitat..I think?
Maybe the plants occupy a bit to much in this frame..More zoomed would also be nice I think.
Good colours, and sharpness. Sharpness could be enhanced a little though, I think.
Thanks for browsing my gallery.
capthaddock (28790) 2007-02-15 21:22
Hi Pat - I never saw one of these things, cute as they may seem, they have oblitarated many precious species, nonetheless a nice portrait, the position of the subject works, as well as the uniform green bg, giving it a distinctly "non-zoo-like" atmosphere.
xuaxo (6846) 2007-10-27 13:13
Great portrait of the dingo (despite it seems a little bit blurred). The background is great too.
I didn't expect to read a reference to Portuguese navigators in Australia before Captain Cook. Even in Portuguese History there is no big deal about that.
zmey (7335) 2008-05-11 6:39
i like the title. :) a clear WARNING to the moderators :)) a nice, clear shot, and very educative note. i had no idea, dingos had been in australia for so long. i imagined much later arrival. thanks for sharing. by the way, how did you make the shot? is it a zoo?
with warm regards,
- Copyright: Pat Lim (plimrn) (21344)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2003-02-00
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Nikon Coolpix 775
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Australian Wildlife [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2006-03-07 2:38
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