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
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Cassowary on the beach

Cassowary on the beach
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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12 comments - The latest ones
Ron Hanko
Ron Hanko
Great capture of a fabulous bird.
5 years ago.
Peter Van Der Houwen
Peter Van Der Houwen
Unique capture in a beautiful setting!
5 years ago.
Cathy Oetegenn (trying to catch up....)
Cathy Oetegenn (tryi…
Fantastic - I love beautiful photos, but the ones that really mean something to the photographer are definitely the most important!
5 years ago.
Phill G
Phill G
Superb. An exciting moment.
5 years ago.
E.Bru
E.Bru
Nice!
5 years ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮
╰☆☆June☆☆╮
Lovely capture Esther :-)
5 years ago.
Prairie Rambler
Prairie Rambler
Glad you were able to finally see and capture this elusive bird, Esther.
5 years ago.
Larry Drummond
Larry Drummond
Remarkable shot! Obviously not fazed by the people.
5 years ago.
Stormlizard
Stormlizard
Wonderful shot anyway. I have only seen this bird in Ueno Zoo Tokyo.
5 years ago.
koaxial
koaxial
fantastic catch! seems the waiting paid off!!
5 years ago.
Dave Hilditch
Dave Hilditch
Great capture! Well worth the wait.
5 years ago.
Esther
Esther
Thanks for your comments.
5 years ago.