Someone had the bright idea of carving a four metre tall cassowary from one of the fallen kauri pines at the Tully Showground. A couple of the mature trees were felled by Cyclone Yasi:
Kauri Pine at Tully Showground
Work on the carving started on the first day of this years Tully Show.
Cassowary at Tully Showground
I went outside and spotted a medium sized wallaby doing some lawn maintenance.
I grabbed the camera and was just about to click the shutter release when it was spooked by a noise from the forest.
Yet another cassowary in the garden. I’m going to miss these when we move back home.
Cassowary having a dog-like shake of the feathers.
And off. They don’t stay long because we don’t feed them. A fed cassowary is a dead cassowary.
Another fine specimen wandering around the garden. As with the photo of the recent juvenile cassowary visitor these were taken through fly screens covering the louvred windows.
We had a visitor to the garden today. The cats weren’t impressed as they have never seen a bird this big before and only two feet away from their just-about-to-pop-out eyes.
Photo quality is a bit lacking as the shots were taken through either glass or flyscreen.
I could have gone outside but human contact with these magnificent creatures is not good. As our local vet says, if you humanise them they end up as Mission Beach cassowaries. They will have little fear of humans and that can lead them into gardens with dogs. This doesn’t end well.
This one is just entering adulthood and has the beginnings of some colour on the nape. No sign of the wattle or casque yet.