Showing posts from March, 2014

Reintroducing the Dingo

After so much effort for so many decades trying to eradicate dingos it's interesting to hear of talk here about reintroducing the once common native dog to help the ecosystem.

I had read of research that suggested (from a dog proof fence study) that areas with dingos had more surviving small species and less feral cats whilst the controlled side of the fence was the opposite. It's obvious on one level that the reductions of cats in on the dingo 'side' can only be a help for small ground dwelling, often endangered species.

(Below: Wild dog/dingo photographed at Smoker's Gap ACT)

Canberra Times article by John Thistleton...

"Rather than impose his view on dingoes controlling kangaroos, Canberra author Roland Breckwoldt will pose questions next month on who should take responsibility for endangered native species... "

The Canberra Times. Challenge for conservationists.

The Aboriginal Wars

Continuing on with Australian Aboriginal history I'm appalled at the basic lack of historical knowledge of the interaction between the white settlers and the black owners of this newly invaded land.

The following video was produced in 1998 and chronically the conflict between Australia's original Indigenous inhabitants and the European settlers of the country over a period of 150 years.

This is quite a long presentation at over 2 hours but I think it should be compulsory viewing for Australian students in general. Compiled with official documents & personal writing from the era it leaves no doubt that the estimated deaths of 2000 colonists and 20,000 Aborigines were indeed real and that a protracted war of sovereignty raged for a long time...

I present the 'Frontier' documentary...

Wanted. Tenants to return to an oasis of capital history

An interesting article about an Historical Canberra residence. The ACT Government is currently looking for an appropriate tenant for the circa 1927 building.

"Old homes with a window into Canberra's early history are being boarded up, when they could be opened to the wider community, say heritage advocates..."

The Canberra Times (full article)

Seems like a beautiful spot.

Changing interests, pigeon politics & a dove cote

Hello Canberra and readers from afar. This is my first post for 2014 after a few months break from blogging. In fact it's the longest I have stopped in 4 years of penning posts. Put simply my computer crashed and I haven't replaced it. I have adapted to an IPhone and am indeed punching this post into an application.

It's known that I have a deep respect for animals in general but little known is I keep a few pedigree racing pigeons. A Belgian family of exceptional racers called Van Loon. The bird pictured is a blue-bar chequer pied. His brother won a Nyngan-Canberra race of 520 km. So I have been slowly working towards a breeding program to develop a race team for the 2015 Canberra racing club season.

Six months ago I secured some white birds, some of which I discover were from an old Australian racing family bred by the late Alan Fear. Easily picked from the average bird by the narrowness of the tail. There is a short Canberra white race but the competition is limited. Anyw…