After a long battle of wits I caught the pig that was destroying my pandanus. Pigs are out of control at Coquette Point and are causing a great deal of damage to the rainforest of the Moresby Range National Park. Unfortunately it is not easy catching them at times. It has taken me one month to lure this fellow into the cage. I let him feed in the cage for a week before I set it. The bait I am using is coconut palm heart, the white salad meat of the palm, its blood good to eat and the pigs can’t resist it. The most important thing is that the cassowaries don’t eat it and so they are not tempted to come near the cage. Although it is a bit of an effort to cut palm heart, I have a good source and its free. A win-win situation.
The matriarch cassowary Jessie turned up with Dad 1 this week and it was interesting to watch the pecking order as they approached the feed station.
Dad 1 looked away while Jessie ate. He then circled the feeding station again and again.
At last Jessie had enough to eat and moved off into the forest.
At once Dad 1 moved into the feeding area while Jessie waited just visible on the right of the picture below.
I have not seen these birds this week but every day the food in the food stations is eaten and there are footprints on the beach and I know the big ones are Jessie’s.
The Pandanus fruit is falling and this is always a sign that the cassowaries are sitting on eggs. The extensive pandanus swamps at Coquette Point will provide this high protein fruit for the cassowaries over the next month. The supplementary food from the feeding stations will ensure that the birds stay healthy.
There were footprints and the sign of a net dragged across the Little Terns nesting site.
Dee and John invited me over this week to watch the antics
of their new family. A pair of Ospreys are nesting in a dead tree on their property. The tree overlooks the Innisfail valley and the Johnstone River.
The female can be seen sitting on the eggs while the male has just arrive to change shifts. The birds can be heard calling every day as they circle the river mouth in search of food.
These birds become quite tame and often will not bother to get out of my way as I walk around the nursery. This bird let me get quite close and seemed as interested in me as I was in saying welcome back to her.
Cheers for now,