Hello from Dunk Island,
I am over here for big son Martin’s 40 birthday party: Martin has leased the old resort for the party. It is rather sad to look around and see the old resort all but deserted. It is a beautiful sunny day and sitting here looking out at Brammo Bay you could almost think that nothing had changed. The infrastructure of the resort appears sound and the charm of the plantation style design is fitting within the green surrounds.
Cassowary Snout has disappeared and Jessie has turned up by herself. Bill F. reported that he saw Snout with Jessie still following walking along the road towards the top of Coquette Point and then going down into the Moresby Range National Park, hopefully the start of his nesting. Little Dad has not returned so we have not seen any chicks so far this year.
Cassowary Dot turned up on Wednesday, I have not seen him for two months, he went straight to the giant Red Fig, Ficus drupacea, on the front lawn. The fig fruits are starting to fall and the cassowaries are right on the ball gobbling them up. After a feed of figs Dot walked into the nursery and drank deeply from the water bowl, he knew where to find it and then walked out and back into the mangroves.
With all the fruit falling on the forest floor pig numbers are increasing and pigs are again active in the nursery. I took this photo with a camera set up at the pig cage this week. He won’t be free for long.
The party at Dunk is about to get underway so cheers for now and happy birthday to Martin.
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