After a month of sunny days the rain has returned, drizzle morphing into constant light rain for most of today. The trees need the rain and best of all it will stop the fires. The Cowley fires are well and truly out and the reply to my complaint, via DERM, was relayed thus: “The Defence Department were only burning the melaleuca forest and there were no cassowaries in this forest. However, there was a lot of debris that needed cleaning up.”
The melaleuca forests at Coquette Point are home to sugar gliders, striped possums, and a nesting site for nutmeg pigeons sea eagles, osprey and red-necked rails. Whatever wildlife was in the Cowley Beach forest it is not there now as the fire was of very high intensity and burnt for ten days.
Can you help identify this lizard? He was sunning himself in the last rays of sunlight at Coquette Point on Tuesday afternoon. Length about 50cm. When I took the close up photo he spooked and disappeared into the forest debris. He did not try to climb a tree but buried himself in the debris around the base of a tree.
Brahminy kite is told in no uncertain terms where he can hunt.
I have not seen Dad 4 or Jessie this week and their footprints have not been left on the beach.
Coming back from town 3.55pm Friday I saw a cassowary cross the road in front of me. I slowed down and as I did he crossed the road again in front of the car. I stopped the car, it was Dad 1 and he went straight to a melstoma affine bush which was in fruit near the old forestry track.
He ate a few fruit and crossed the road again. I heard the bus coming and got out of the car to indicate the cassowary and to slow down. The Trans North school bus raced past me at a good 60k. The driver made no attempt to slow down even though I was standing on the road and indicating such to him. What a great example this driver is to the school children he transports. Slowing down to 50k delays the trip by two minutes. If the bus had hit a cassowary the trip would be delayed by hours. I hope this message gets to Trans North management.
As I approached the top of the range Dad 2 and his chicks were walking the side of the road. The bus must have passed them! What does it take to get the message across to these people. Don’t they care?
Martin also saw a large pod of 20-30 Minke Whales they were just swimming around off Dunk Island. There was a big school of yellow-fin tuna massing off the Barrier Reef shelf, they were around 20kg.
The new Jubilee bridge opened today. All of us on the east side of Innisfail can now sleep-in an extra 10 minutes, wow! Dee and John said “The Council has done us proud, the bridge is beautiful.”
Cheers for now,