Hello from Coquette Point,
This morning I woke to the sound of cassowaries honking and roaring and the sound of crashing vegetation as large birds ran through the rainforest. It was a good time to stay indoors.
Today I saw Dot, sub-adult ‘Don’ and ‘Jessie’ with ‘Little Dad’. They were here for most of the day and when their paths crossed the dominate bird displayed aggressively. For over 10 days now I had not seen ‘Little Dad’ or ‘Jessie’ and I had thought he was already sitting on eggs. However, they are still walking together with Jessie dutifully following ‘Little Dad’s’ every move.
Our ‘Dot’ has become a movie-star. A North American Documentary team were at Coquette Point this week and ‘Dot’ put on a real act for them.
She knew she was the centre of attention and she posed for photographs for over half an hour. The boys were very happy. Hopefully she doesn’t end up on the cutting room floor out-flanked by a bird from the Daintree.
This week I was astonished to see a Tooth-billed catbird flying with a large piece of leaf in his beak. I waited at the tree and watched while he tore away pieces of leaf. The male tooth-billed catbirds construct then congregate around a bower-stage which they decorate with leaves, seeds and sticks. They keep the display site clean of litter and display the leaves white side up. I have not found the bower but will spend a day this week looking. The birds are not singing at the moment after all, the breeding season is later in the year, this bird is getting in early.
Twice a day a flock of black cockatoos flies over the nursery. On Thursday they settled down in the Beach Almond in the nursery. The almonds are ripe and they had a feast.
Cheers for now,
Love and peace,