Cassie, our resident female cassowary, born around 1992. She stands about 1.7 metres tall. We also have another regular visitor, a male cassowary named Charlie.
The female has an extremely gentle and placid nature. She will happily pose for the camera, and just stand there preening herself whilst her photo is being taken. She could well be the most photgraphed cassowary in the area.
The male is a bit more feisty, and is not so obliging when it comes to posing for the camera. These wonderful creatures are like nothing else on the planet. They are straight out of Jurassic Park. You will know what I mean when you get a close up view of their feet.
Their necks are the most gorgeous colour, and despite the colouring they are so so difficult to spot in the rainforest.
Australia has some truly unique creatures, and the cassowary is certainly one of them.
Wildlife here at Licuala Lodge
Goanna is the common name for these guys. These creatures are a biggish size (ours is getting on for 2m from nose to tail), have long necks and very powerful tails and claws.
Just prior to cyclone Yasi, we had a baby monitor in the garden. Only maybe 20cm long. We hope it has survived as it was the cutest thing. These guys are very very shy, and will only come out in the open when the sun is shining and no-one is around (or at least when they think no-one is around). It has to be really quiet for them to make an appearance.
The one in the picture is named Rusty. He has by mistake wandered into the house, and luckily enough two guests had just arrived, and their help was needed in order to shepherd ol' Rusty back out to the bush.
The female sunbird busy making a nest, whilst the male (with a blue breast) flits around preening himself all day (typical). These tiny creatures, just a few centimetres high, often build their nests close to human habitat. The theory is that the location keeps their predators at bay. And they have plenty of predators (snakes, lizards, frogs to name but a few).
She lays two eggs at a time, generally in the latter months of the year, and this particular pair have had many successful hatchlings. We call her 'Birdie' and the male we call 'Mr Birdie' (sad or what !?)
These beautiful butterflies were photographed here at the Lodge by a wonderful couple who stayed here in September 2010 - Ian and Jill Brown.
They prowled around the garden armed with big big cameras and tele lenses (looking very professional I might add), and very very kindly sent us these images - enjoy !!.
The first is the Ulysses - and it is the most iridescent blue that you will ever see in nature. The second image is a cousin, the Cairns Birdwing.
Both these can be seen on a sunny day here at the Lodge.