Posts Tagged ‘southern cassowaries’
These past three months have been intensive cassowary times. Pictured above, Crinkle-Cut, our ultra-attentive Dad, announced the arrival of his new brood to some of our delighted guests, not by parading his off-spring, but by being territorial and assertive in the fan palm gallery. Our normally cool, calm and collected cassowary was assertive in ousting us from his nursery in the rainforest. We assumed that he had tiny chicks hidden somewhere that were too small and weak to be revealed. Two weeks later this turned out to be a correct assumption as proud father and children paraded before us.
When dad cassowary became separated from his three (three-month-old) chicks the other evening, his distress was awful. He ran about bellowing for his young to respond, but as the light faded, things looked very grim.
Occasionally dingoes are seen with cassowary chicks in their mouths, but the concurrent loss of three chicks was quite puzzling.
It was with great relief, at around midday the following day, that the reunited family paraded past our dwelling, stopping along the way to feast on fruit from the Alexandra Palm.
Brian and Rosemary Mulcahy of Ormond Victoria researched their Daintree holiday on the web and booked onto a Cooper Creek Wilderness guided interpreted walk because they knew it would allow them to experience the real wilderness on natural trails. They did not want to go the mass tourism way of boardwalks designed to cater for high impacts and large numbers.