Lord of the bins; The Return of the King, Etti Bay, Northern Tropical Queensland, Australia

After a well-deserved coffee intermission, the show resumed with a different personality.

The return of the king @ Etti Bay, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

The return of the king @ Etti Bay, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

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.

Why does the chicken cross the road? @ Etti Bay, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

Why does the chicken cross the road? @ Etti Bay, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

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.

Maybe it’s safer on this side of the road? @ Etti Bay, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

Maybe it’s safer on this side of the road? @ Etti Bay, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

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.

How about a traffic jam? @ Etti Bay, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

How about a traffic jam? @ Etti Bay, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

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.

Who is that following me?  @ Etti Bay, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

Who is that following me? @ Etti Bay, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

Even safe on the other side, this youngster appeared to be confused about something, quite possibly me.

Standing tall for closer inspection @ Etti Bay, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

Standing tall for closer inspection @ Etti Bay, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

This gave me a good opportunity to have a closer look and join this young cassowary.

Moving along @ Etti Bay, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

Moving along @ Etti Bay, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

With my camera in hand, I disengaged the handbrake and rolled downhill alongside this cassowary.

Joyride with a dinosaur @ Etti Bay, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

Joyride with a dinosaur @ Etti Bay, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

A fun-ride with a dinosaur? Who else has that on their bucket list?

Not a pretty sight  @ Etti Bay, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

Not a pretty sight @ Etti Bay, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

Gotta say though, young cassowaries won’t win a beauty contest anytime soon. The colourful make-up that adult birds display was non-existent.

Missing his crown @ Etti Bay, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

Missing his crown @ Etti Bay, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

His head crest just started growing.

Brown gown @ Etti Bay, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

Brown gown @ Etti Bay, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

His brown feather gown still reveals his apparent youth.

Fully grown claws @ Etti Bay, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

Fully grown claws @ Etti Bay, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

But those immense feet are almost fully grown.

No escape to the jungle @ Etti Bay, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

No escape to the jungle @ Etti Bay, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

He eventually found an opening at the forest edge and retrieved into thick scrub.

Bird’s eye view @ Etti Bay, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

Bird’s eye view @ Etti Bay, Tropical Northern Queensland, Australia

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.

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