After a well-deserved coffee intermission, the show resumed with a different personality.
This character took to the scene on a different stage, which surprised me just as much as previously the ’Lord of the Bins’. Admittedly, this young cassowary is still a few years away from being a potential king of the beach, he knew already how to cause a stir.
Driving uphill and away from Etti Beach after an unexpectedly entertaining afternoon, this surprise package stood on the side of the road. A young cassowary was partially crossing the street ahead of me. I thought that I pushed my luck to the limit already earlier, following a fully grown cassowary along the beach. Life is just full of surprises.
This youngster wasn’t fully road-crossing-trained as he returned to the left-hand side of the tar track. Troopy must have scared him. No immediate traffic was near or around me as I pulled over and grabbed my camera. Let’s wait and see what happens, my life policy. It was obvious that he wanted to cross the road.
Why did the chicken cross the road came to mind as he eventually took the first step on tar. Meanwhile, a few cars in both directions arrived at the scene. Perhaps he waited for a larger crowd to traverse his stage. A little traffic jam occurred within this period.
Even safe on the other side, this youngster appeared to be confused about something, quite possibly me.
This gave me a good opportunity to have a closer look and join this young cassowary.
With my camera in hand, I disengaged the handbrake and rolled downhill alongside this cassowary.
A fun-ride with a dinosaur? Who else has that on their bucket list?
Gotta say though, young cassowaries won’t win a beauty contest anytime soon. The colourful make-up that adult birds display was non-existent.
His head crest just started growing.
His brown feather gown still reveals his apparent youth.
But those immense feet are almost fully grown.
He eventually found an opening at the forest edge and retrieved into thick scrub.
Having a bird-eye-view on this young cassowary simply topped my experience at Etti Bay. Just when I thought life as awesome as it is, something else makes it even better. Love it.