Dingo, on the Hunt | Kimberley, WA
Dingoes play a major role in protecting Australia’s native wildlife from feral cats. In areas where dingoes are present in healthy numbers, the population of feral cats is generally pushed into hiding during the hours dingoes are most active— after dusk and before dawn. It is during these periods that a lot of Australia’s nocturnal mammals begin to surface, and without the dingoe's presence, these animals are smashed by feral cats. Although dingoes are opportunistic hunters, also targeting native species, they will only take what they need; where as one cat may kill 10 native animals in a night just for fun. With feral cat's hunting periods altered by the presence of dingoes, our nocturnal wildlife has more of a chance to safely return to shelter before cats are on the hunt.
Photographed at first light, at the Australian Wildlife Conservancy's Tableland Wildlife Sanctuary.