Thursday, June 10, 2010

More about Cassowaries


We were delighted to have Lloyd Nielsen and Dorothy stay again last night - Lloyd is a famous ornithologist and author of many books (http://www.birdingaustralia.com.au/  

The Cassowary didn't appear before they left
this morning (although I heard it 'honking' very early on) but I showed Lloyd the photos and he confirmed that it is a juvenile, about two years old, although at this stage it's not possible to tell the gender. 

They can roam a territory up to 10 square miles but we are hoping that our large variety of fruit trees, fruit being one of their main food sources, will encourage it to stay around here.  Lloyd thinks it could very well become a long-term resident so here's hoping!
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