Cape Tribulation cassowaries defy road traffic

Posted by barbara on May 12, 2016

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A male cassowary crosses the road to Cape Tribulation

 

For anyone driving to Cape Tribulation, there's a very good reason to keep the speed limit down and NOT to drive in a convoy of cars fresh off the Daintree Ferry and hell bent on getting to Cape Tribulation.

Visiting in late April 2016, we pulled off the road so that we could have the narrow sealed road to ourselves, partly because of the heavy intermittent tropical downpours and consequent poor visibility.

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And weren't we glad we escaped the 'maddening crowd' in the shoulder season. Had we continued to hang in with the group of six or so vehicles that shared our ferry, I doubt we would have seen this cassowary dad and his young chick braving the crossing.

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Unperturbed by our stationary car, the male accessed the creekbed, checking on the progress of his chick.


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