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.
I left the area but went back to check if they were still there every half to one hour making every effort not to be heard or seen. Two hours later they were gone. Excitedly I looked for eggs but none to be found.