The precarious situation of the cassowary populations in the Wet Tropics was made startling real this week. Following the incidence with the pig-hunters and their dogs last week the cassowaries did not show up for two days. On Monday morning the sub adults ‘Don’ & ‘Q’ were at the Western feed station at 6am. ‘Jessie’ arrived at the Eastern station about 7am. At 7.30am I was photographing a pair of Nutmeg pigeons in the big fig tree on the front lawn. The male was stroking the neck of the female with his beak, she however was not interested. (Male is on the left).
I managed to get a short video of her limping away from the food. I sent it immediately to DERM. Kylie Goodall from DERM came out on Tuesday morning at 6.30 am but no sign of ‘Big Sis’. Kylie said she may go in the bush and sit down until the leg got better.
It is impossible to say that the dogs from last week were the cause of the injury. However they were chasing something on my land. The men then took the dogs through the Wet Tropic Estate in an area that is frequented by the cassowaries- Matriarch ‘Jessie’, ‘Dad 4’ ( who is still disappeared, following courtship with Jessie), ‘Big Sis’, ‘Little Runt’ and the sub adults ‘Don’ & ‘Q’. Incidentally I have not seen ‘Little Runt’ for over a week.
I managed to get a video of the courtship. and the dance where the male bobs up and down dancing and the other of the mating.
Cheers for now,