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Death of a pest

Death of a pest

Diane Nicolson

Category: Shows an Ecological Concept

The European Rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) was introduced into Tasmania in the 1820’s and poses a threat to native species by competing for food and shelter, whilst causing severe land degradation. How this rabbit came to be in this position of decomposition is unknown, but perhaps dropped by a wedge-tailed eagle (Aquila audax fleayi), which, paradoxically, preys upon them: rabbits can now comprise a major part of their diet.


This photograph was a finalist in Beaker Street’s annual Science Photography Prize. This highly-respected prize invites all Tasmanians to showcase the wonders of our extraordinary part of the world — which is teeming with science and scientists. Finalist images are displayed at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery during Beaker Street Festival each August, with great prizes on offer for Judges’ and People’s Choice winners.

The Beaker Street Science Photography Prize would not be possible without the support of Full Gamut, Tasmania’s premier fine art printers and long-time sponsor of this competition. Many thanks also go to Pennicott Wilderness Journeys, which donates a generous prize for the People’s Choice winner.