Cassowaries are a special attraction at Etty Bay and the Residence and Old Pottery grounds and adjacent National Park is home territory for two of them.
These Cassowaries wander freely and may be seen almost daily and present great photo opportunities.
Please treat these wild birds with the respect they deserve.
They could be dangerous and they are naturally inquisitive. Sign boards at the beach and web sources provide plenty of information on Cassowary habitat and behaviour.
The Cassowary chick is raised by its father but before it becomes an adult it will be 'booted out' of its father's territory and will have to find its own area.
According to an expert, this Cassowary is over 20 years old. The bird is comfortable and feels safe in the area or it would not rest like this. Please help maintain this wonderful situation.
These claws can tear open an adversiary if the Cassowary decides to attack.
It is advisable to keep screen doors closed as one did wander into the Old Pottery when building was underway. If you are caught in a position which is too close for comfort either make a quiet retreat or raise your arms above your head (so you look much bigger) and make some noise. The Cassowary will usually wander off as you look and sound a bit unattractive.
Cassowary on the beach at Etty Bay
Cassowaries mating at Etty Bay
An interesting indication of the Cassowary diet and how much they need to eat.
It is easy to see how Cassowaries distribute the seeds of forest trees for regrowth and are an important part of the eco-system.
A very sad ending for this Cassowary. Its remains lie near the Etty Bay road; something to think about.