title: Cassowary resting

medium: Photography

printing: Archival pigment ink (epson k3) museum quality.

year: 2018


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I photographed this beautiful bird in the rainforest near Kuranda in the wet tropics of far North Queensland. After taking a few photos of the curious creature it walked a short distance and then proceeded to drink water. It was an extremly hot day and I watched it drink for over half an hour before it dissapeared back into the forest where it came from. Dinosaurs still walk this earth.


The Cassowary (Casuarius casuarius) 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. Their diet consists mainly of rainforest fruits, fungi, snails, insects, frogs & other small animals. These beautiful prehistoric looking birds are endangered due to human behaviour. An increased awareness
within the community about their vulnerability and the dedicated work of some passionate people has helped increase cassowary numbers in recent years.


Cassowary resting