Hello from Coquette Point,
At long last Cassowary matriarch ‘Jessie’ has succumbed to the wooing of ‘Snout’. For the last six weeks ‘Snout’ has been displaying and preening his feathers, vocalizing with low, low drumming sounds while doing his best to approach ‘Jessie’. Until Monday his attentions had been rejected and always ended with an aggressive chase.
This is ‘Jessie’s’ second courtship this year. Her first mate ‘Little Dad’ has not been seen for two months and we wait his reappearance and hopefully with chicks.
‘Jessie’ has been the matriarch cassowary at Coquette Point for the last 20 years. ‘Jessie’ was born in the winter months of 1985. During cyclone ‘Winifred’, February 1986, she was separated from her father. ‘Jessie’ was cared for by the residents of Coquette Point and with the help of the Nation Park ranger at the time, Dave Bender. We called the chick ‘Little Orphan’ and were delighted to see it grow into the matriarch ‘Jessie’ also known as ‘Faith’
Two Jabirus turned up this week and are resident in the proposed Sea Haven development area. Unfortunately they settled down into long grass before I managed to get focus on the camera.
Yellow Robin can be heard busily harvesting insects from within the tree tops, it seldom stops to rest and continuously calls an urgent note as it fly’s from tree to tree.
A flock of about 20 yellow-eyed cuckoo shrikes are feeding on insects in the canopy and fly in air-raid like conveys, then descend to feed on the insects they disturb.
Rainbow bee-eaters have returned and are also feeding on the insects that are active in the unseasonal warm, humid weather.
I hope to be doing a bit of sailing in the months ahead. A friend of mine Peter has left his 23ft cutter for me to look after. Peter who lives on the Atherton Tablelands is a keen sailor and he intends to spend some time sailing around the Islands, with me as crew I hope. Peter was very grateful to Karl and Lyle for giving him a hand to bring the boat down to the coast.re to edit.
Before I go a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO AUNTIE WHICH TURNS 80 TOMORROW. Anybody who has travelled knows how lucky we are in Australia to have the ABC and the wonderful team who bring us so much entertainment, news and knowledge.