A little bit of sunshine and what a difference it makes to getting into and finishing the clean-up.
Biosecurity have two Asian honey-bee lures again at Coquette Point. Fortunately I have not seen any of them here but some were found, last year, at Flying Fish Point.
One good thing saw some figs in a scat on Wednesday and the source is my large strangler fig on the front lawn which is in fruit again. This one tree will feed all the fruit eaters of a day time, the flying foxes at night and what falls to the ground will be eaten by cassowaries, pigs and rats. The feast generally last for three weeks.
Two crested hawks have been harassing the drongos. The drongos were chasing the hawks aggressively and noisily, they may have chicks to protect. In the end the hawks gave up and observed the landscape from a coconut tree.
Went to CCRC meeting on Thursday, about Cowley Beach, let us hope vehicles will be kept off the dunes this time. Afterwards walked around to the front beach with Richard, Russell and Bernadette. Wonderful day for a walk on the beach. All along the beach we found metre deep piles of detritus deposited up to high water mark. Photo shows ‘Bernie’ on the soft carpet of detritus.
We saw Several illegal camping sites above high water mark. What was sad is that they had cut down mangroves to make their camp:
Bernie picked up some Tellin Clam shells. I had often seen them on the beach but did not realize they are regarded as ‘uncommon’. They are not uncommon on the Coquette Point beach. Russell and Richard identified them more
Yesterday Sam Davis from the ABC Cairns came out to do a webcam story on food. We were in the orchard filming the breadfruit tree when a very, very loud crashing noise came from the forest. I thought a cassowary chase was on. I went to pull Sam back against a tree when a medium sized black and white pig came running at great speed directly towards us. Just as I was about to throw myself and Sam into the tree, the pig who I had eye contact with turned to avoid us. Whew! Sam didn’t have the camera rolling. From the forest we heard angry honking from a cassowary. It appears the cassowary chased the pig! The honking and drumming from the cassowary lasted several minutes but it did not come out of the forest.
Later Sam got some great shots of Dad 4 and the chicks as they ate figs from under the tree.
In today’s Innisfail Advocate page six, a story showing members of the Chamber of Commerce and CCRC, with Kate Jones and Curtis Pitt. They are lobbying the pollies to dredge the mouth of the Johnstone River.
That is of course if you can get out of Ninds Creek and its shifting sand bar.
Work harder everyone,
Cheers Yvonne C.