Daintree Rainforest Camera Traps – May 2021, accrued 56-cassowary sightings, 29-dingoes and 84-feral pigs. Against the cumulative monthly average, cassowary numbers were 23% down, dingoes were 13% down and feral-pigs were also down by 17%. Against May of the preceding year, however, cassowaries were 69% up, dingo numbers were 71% higher and feral-pig sightings decreased by 12.5%. Seven, of the twelve camera traps, failed to work for either half or all of the month because of technical faults, so the drop in numbers is not necessarily disproportionate.
A couple of unexpected revelations from two of the Camera Traps across May 2021, show an adult female cassowary, Prudy, vocalising and in another, Big Bertha, striding purposefully through the rainforest at 1.37-AM. It was full-moon, but the reflectiveness of her eye-shine shows a quality normally attributed to nocturnal fauna. This is not the first time I have witnessed cassowaries moving about with competence at night, having conducted night-tours over twenty-years, but it is the first time a camera-trap has captured the behaviour in eighteen-months of data-collection from twelve camera-traps.