No posts here for such a long time – my apologies to regular visitors.
My secretarial duties with Daintree Region Cassowary Group have been claiming a fair proportion of my ‘desk time’ as we try to co-ordinate a cassowary population monitoring project with CSIRO, which of course involves applying for some funding assistance.
www.daintreecassowary.org.au will give you some more information about the group’s activities as well as some facts on cassowaries. We are also busy telling the local tour guides about the sighting submissions page so that we can start to build up a picture of cassowary movements in the Daintree area. The last survey of the cassowary population north of the Daintree river was carried out in 1996 so another assessment is vital.
AND We have now launched ourselves into social media with a facebook page http://www.facebook.com/cassowarydaintree
However, it hasn’t all been hard work here. In early March we had a holiday on North Stradbroke Island (‘Straddie’ to the locals) as part of a family reunion to celebrate the younger of my two older brothers’ 70th birthday. We all agreed that it was fun to get together without the stress of a wedding or funeral and Straddie is well set up with a variety of accommodation to rent. The scenery is spectacular with some wonderful walks along the cliffs, beaches and around the freshwater lakes. We couldn’t find many small birds. This may have been why …………
however, we particularly enjoyed the sea birds and spent a long time watching the terns diving close to the rocks – this group of Crested Tern, including some juveniles, is taking some time to rest in the sun.
And we weren’t the only ones to enjoy the cliffs, this well-muscled Eastern Grey kangaroo met us at the start of the walk at Point Lookout. In the afternoons Eastern Greys browse on the grass around the cliffs, undisturbed by the tourists on the extensive boardwalk. This one may have been coming in to the local cafe for a home-made gelati, these delicious frozen treats are absolutely beautiful, and there seem to be new flavours every day – such temptation!
Although keeping an eye out for any danger even this female with her joey at foot didn’t bother hopping away when we walked quietly past.
It is 30 years since I last visited North Stradbroke Island and there are now many more houses and shops – there were only a few shacks at Point Lookout 30 years ago and now it is the most popular tourist destination. It is, however, still a delightful place to visit and although sand mining continues at least 50% of the island has some form of environmental protection.