In­cred­i­ble snaps of Pil­bara din­goes

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tom Zaun­mayr

For Gary Mered­ith, spend­ing time with young dingo fam­i­lies in the Pil­bara has cre­ated mo­ments he will never for­get.

The Perth-based pho­tog­ra­pher works at Telfer and spends his free time af­ter night shifts ex­plor­ing the desert land­scape in search of din­goes to cap­ture on cam­era.

Mered­ith said pho­tograph­ing the re­gion’s din­goes was no easy feat.

“One fam­ily alone, it took a good 10 hours of sit­ting and watching and try­ing to build the trust of the mother dingo,” he said.

“They are ac­tu­ally quite a shy an­i­mal... so I like them to know I am there, be­cause if I started sneak­ing up on them, I would not get a good re­cep­tion.

“One of the moth­ers, she won’t let her pups out of the den un­less I sit down on my bum in a cer­tain spot about 20m away. When I do that, she then goes over and brings them out to show me.”

Din­goes of­ten get painted as vil­lains, but Mered­ith claims the Aussie icon is sim­ply mis­un­der­stood.

“They are wild an­i­mals and th­ese ones are some of the most pure in Aus­tralia,” he said.

“It is in­ter­est­ing to see th­ese an­i­mals that have been here for 5000 years min­i­mum, to hear and see how they re­act, to see what real din­goes are like.

“Yes, they pos­si­bly did come from Asia, but the way I see it is... th­ese din­goes have have been here 5000-plus years now.

“What I am try­ing to show peo­ple is what you would think a wild dingo would look like and how you would think a wild dingo would look in its nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment.”

Mered­ith said he hoped en­coun­ters such as his would help break down the neg­a­tive per­cep­tion of Aus­tralia’s apex land preda­tor.

Pic­ture: Gary Mered­ith

A dingo mother and her two pups.

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