title: Cassowary creek
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The Cassowary is the largest native animal found in Australia’s tropical rainforests, Far North Queensland. They grow to two metres in height and over 60kg in weight. They play a vital role in dispersing native seeds in the rainforests through their scats which germinate & help rejuvinate the forests. These beautiful prehistoric looking birds are endangered due to human behaviour.
I photographed this ancient animal as it walked up a crystal clear rainforest creek in the Daintree area. It was a muggy summer day and I remember walking down the creek as our paths crossed. It was looking down into the water for things to eat which included fruits and small fish. The encounter was magical and the bird was very calm. The only annoying thing were the mosquitos which were eating the bird and me. I only had a wide angle lens on the camera but managed to take this photo which has become one of my favourites. This picture was taken in Coopers Creek, Daintree, FNQ.