Hello from Coquette Point,
I was told by Jake a CCRC staffer that on Wednesday he saw a small male cassowary with three chicks near the new sewerage works alongside Ninds Creek. The chicks were about 40cm tall and their stripes were only just visible. Before Jake or the other workers could take a photograph Dad and the chicks disappeared into the rainforest: wonderful and surprising news.
It is most unusual for cassowary chicks to be born during winter. However, as no chicks were born last year in the Moresby Range/ Coquette Point area perhaps the cassowaries are catching up, after cyclone ‘Yasi’, now that the forest is producing food again.
He came to a sudden halt when he spied ‘Plastic Cas’.
For 20 minutes he circled the statue, frothing up his feathers and stretching as tall as he could, he aggressively stretched his neck, drummed and honked. When ‘Plastic Cas’ didn’t move he eventually gave up and went back to the rainforest. I got most of his antics on video and will put it up when I have time to edit.
Working in my vegetable garden this week I was intrigued with the antics of a Praying Mantis. The Mantis was busy with its ablutions oblivious to my attention.(click on photos to enlarge)
Cheers for now,