Esther

Esther

Posted on 07/19/2013


Photo taken on September 19, 2012



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Queensland
Rainforest
Cape Tribulation
Cassowary
ratite
Daintree
southern cassowary
Casuarius
beach


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Southern Cassowary making tracks

Southern Cassowary making tracks
I spent two nights in the Daintree Rainforest in Queensland Australia. I had very much wanted to see the elusive forest bird, the southern cassowary. Despite their large size (5-6 feet tall), they are well hidden in the forest. They have a large central claw that has been known to inflict severe damage in an attack and a brightly colored neck. After two days of wandering about, I had seen their popular food sources including the blue quandong berry, their tracks in the mud and even several signs proclaiming their presence, but I had not seen a single cassowary. As evening approached, I went down to the beach at Cape Tribulation. I brought only my point and shoot because I did not want to carry my heavier gear and the lighting was too low for great shots. Wouldn't you know that a cassowary chose that time to come out of the forest and walk on the beach? I raced towards it and photographed it as best I could. The shots are not my best, but they are fine memories of the mysterious cassowary.

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Chip Miller, Claudine Gaulier-Denis, Larry Drummond and 2 other people have particularly liked this photo


14 comments - The latest ones
Pete Foley
Pete Foley
so cool!
4 years ago.
Philippe_28
Philippe_28
merveilleux souvenir
4 years ago.
Peter Van Der Houwen
Peter Van Der Houwen
What a beautiful bird, magnificent shot!
4 years ago.
Cathy Oetegenn (trying to catch up....)
Cathy Oetegenn (tryi…
Brilliant! I'm glad you finally found the bird!
4 years ago.
Phill G
Phill G
Great shot, Esther. A dangerous bird...think I'll stick with my chickens!
4 years ago.
William Sutherland
William Sutherland
Wonderful capture!
4 years ago.
Larry Drummond
Larry Drummond
Really well done to capture this!
4 years ago.
Stormlizard
Stormlizard
Congratulations, a wonderful memory for you, nice capture under difficult conditions.
4 years ago. Edited 4 years ago.
Kigelia58
Kigelia58
Congratulations, this is great! We also very much wanted to see the cassowary when in Australia. Amazingly one evening while hiking we did. It was a shock, but a delight. We watched it under thick vegetation for quite some time...very memorable!
4 years ago.
Esther
Esther
Glad you got to see one.
4 years ago.
Esther
Esther
Thanks.
4 years ago.
Esther
Esther
They are amazing.
4 years ago.
Chip Miller
Chip Miller
Wonderful image and terrific capture. At least you had your point and shoot with you. My wife Laura and I are both birders. We will be going to Belize in late January for eight days. The longest stretch I have had off since high school. My own fault at 61 years old I suppose. Having a great time looking through your interesting photostream. Thanks for sharing and thanks for your kind comments.
4 years ago.
Esther
Esther
Thank you. My favorite birds are the ones too big to miss.
4 years ago.