Hello from Coquette Point,
While Sydney is experience anticyclones and the Philippines the worst floods in living memory the weather in North Queensland has been perfect. Nights of 16 to 18 degrees and days in the mid 20’s with cloudless skies and gentle sea breezes, where else would you live?
Enjoying the weather has been tempered with the possibility of a 90 site, 240 bed RV Park being constructed on Lot 27V across the road from me at Coquette Point.
The warm days have been the stimulus for praying mantis to hatch. When I checked on the, ootheca,( egg sack), only one mantis was left to emerge and I captured a photo of it as it scrambled out into the bright sunshine. Dozens of other baby mantises swarmed on the rough leaves of the pineapple plant.
Later in the day my attention was drawn to the loud croaking of a frog in distress. Gertrude the green tree snake had crawled up a down pipe and caught a frog.
The first of the shorebird migratory birds has arrived for this season and this little stint has been fishing on the beach all week. Out on Crocodile Rocks Darter and Greater Egret command a strategic fishing position overlooking the mangroves.
The irresponsible use of pig cages can pose a real danger to wildlife.
I have not been successful in obtaining a photo of Cassowary ‘Little Dad’ and his chicks however the O’Brian’s are seeing them regularly and had an incident this week when ‘Little Dad’ attacked their car.
He threw himself at the car ripping off the flicker light on the side of the car, scratching the paintwork and twisting the rear vision mirror. John has now covered the mirrors so he cannot see his reflection. ‘Little Dad’ is a particularly successful cassowary dad and this behaviour demonstrates how dangerous a cassowary can be when protecting their young.
I took a photo of Little Dad on the 18.3.11 when he was pealing bananas, from the QPWS (Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service) supplementary feed station, to feed his chicks Don and Q. John told me that the new chicks were coloured golden with black stripes.
Lots of exciting news from the inshore Cassowary Coast Region waters with a humpback whale nursing a calf in Boat Bay,( Russell has video and am looking forward to seeing it).
Libby reports snub-nosed dolphin off Flying Fish Point and Turtles, Dugong and more whales have been sighted off the mouth of the Johnstone River.
A very happy birthday to Connie Symons. Connie is one of our CCR’s (Cassowary Coast Region) stalwart volunteers, cutting up fruit over the last eighteen months for the cassowary supplementary feed stations and always around when work has to be done planting trees. If you want a job done ask a busy person.
Cheers for now Yvonne C.
Hello from the other end of Coquette Point, No cassowary photos from me this time... cameras playing up a bit.
Jesse, the big female with the curvy helmet, has been through our yard daily for about a week, and there is no sign of the young dad (that's what I call him). It's like a changing of the guard, you could say. I can't wait to see the new chicks, if they make it up this far.
During the week I visited the Atherton Tablelands and stopped near the Beatrice River. Under a rock, I found my first ever wild scorpion. I got some nice close ups of (what I think is a) rainforest scorpion Liocheles sp. before leaving it in peace.
It's interesting (to me anyway) that constellation Scorpius is very large and bright in the night sky atm (southwestern sky 8-10pm).
According to one version of Greek mythology, Orion was cruel to animals and boasted to goddess Artemis that he would kill every animal on earth.
Thanks for your weekly news and photos Yvonne. Always great to read.
Regards Bill Farnsworth
296 Coquette Point Rd