At this date, this page is very brief with just a few pics of Cassowary in the Mission Beach area. As time goes on this page will have more detailed info on the Cassowary population in and around Mission Beach and hints on where you catch sight of these fascinating and yet definitely dangerous birds. The photos were taken with a zoom lens so as not to risk the photographer ( me ) with disembowelment or a severe kicking about the body region by an angry Cassowary. OK, slight exaggeration, I didn't once feel threatened by any of these birds BUT I was never more than a quick jump up a nearest tree in case local knowledge passed on by the Nat Parks guys of the severe danger these birds pose turned out to be true. No doubt it is. BE CAREFUL - YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!
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Photos above all taken 20th and 21st Dec 2005. Last row shows an adult Cassowary with a chick. Pretty sure the week before the same bird was there but with 2 chicks about the same size as this one so possibly he lost one. Bit sad ... He and the chick were feeding on the Wax Jambu fruit which had fallen from the tree in my backyard. For those who don't, Wax Jambu are a tropical tree with fruit about the size of a fig or about half the size of a pear, pear shaped and taste like a Lilly Pilly - tart and refreshing and just a bit like a fresh apple.
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