Hello from the fairy garden at Coquette Point,
I was walking in my garden early Wednesday morning and low and behold I found a van and beside it a tent full of French backpackers. I took a few photos and left them undisturbed to sleep. Later that morning, quite coincidentally, my neighbour brought his big tractor through on our internal connecting track and he was astonished to see a tent with eight legs running before him. Above the French screams John W roared with laughter. Take a look down the bottom of your garden, you never know what you may find.
Russell C reported last week that he saw a congregation of metallic starlings in the Innisfail CBD trees. This week the same thing occurred here, hundreds of metallic starlings, which included a large number of juveniles, crowed into the branches of a large melaleuca leucadendren.
The next morning they were almost all gone on their northern migration. Six adult starlings have stayed. It is so quite now without their noisy gatherings and the cassowaries will miss the food they knock to the ground in their exuberant feeding forays.
Matriarch cassowary ‘Jessie’ returned alone on Thursday. I had not seen her for a few days and there is no sign of her mate ‘Little Dad’. It is over a month since I first saw them walking out together so I am hopeful he is sitting safely on eggs, somewhere close by.
‘Dot’ still visits ‘plastic cas’ every day and he has found an old terracotta bowl that he seems to enjoy drinking from. ‘Dot’ will drink his fill then gather beaks full of water which he pours down his front then vigorously washes and preens his feathers. It has become a daily ritual. It is surprising to see how he can move the wattles around his neck.
Cassowary ‘Snout’ has been making a regular appearance and he chased the hell out of ‘Dot’. ‘Dot’ needs only to glimpse and he turns and runs with his neck extended and legs beating a fast retreat. It will be interesting to see which bird ‘Jessie’ walks with next.
I have included some old photos of ‘Little Dad’ and his chicks ‘Don’ and ‘Q’ showing how they have grown over the last two years. (Click on images to enlarge)