This week I closed my Garden Centre in Innisfail and am now operating solely from the nursery at Coquette Point. I followed the old adage ‘If you are not enjoying what you are doing then stop’.
It is interesting times for the Coquette Point cassowaries. On Tuesday it was a thrill to see ‘Dad 4’ again, first time since August 8. Unfortunately he did not have chicks with him.
‘Dad 1’ has been using my top road as a short-cut to the beach and I see him walking with his chick ‘Rosie’ most afternoons. On Tuesday the matriarch ‘Jessie’ turned up at the feed station, early in the morning, she had not been seen for over a month. She looked in prime condition.
The noxious weed tree, Pond Apple, is in fruit at Coquette Point, it is a favourite of pigs and cassowaries, and although I have not seen it in cassowary scats as yet it no doubt will soon form part of their diet.
The little sunbirds are busy building new nests, and whether it is because it is the start of the wet season or perhaps they sense big rain coming, they have constructed extremely large sills over their nest hole.
The pair of Burdekin Ducks which arrived here several months ago seem to have settled in. Most mornings, about 6am, I hear or glimpse them as they fly over the nursery from a reed-bed in my next-door neighbour’s property, the Wilsons. They fly into the lagoon system in the Coquette Point mangroves. In the late afternoon they return to their reed bed. I managed to snap one of the birds this week.
Cheers for now,