Daintree Rainforest Camera Traps – November 2021 – accrued 125-cassowary sightings, 4-dingoes and 57-feral pigs. Against the cumulative monthly average, cassowary numbers rose by 59%, whilst dingoes plummeted by 87% and feral-pigs also dropped by 52%. Against November of the preceding year, cassowary numbers rose by 347%, dingoes fell by 96% and feral-pig sightings decreased by 43%.
The tremendous increase in November 2021 cassowary sightings, relative to November 2020, is due to the number of chicks. Last year, four female cassowaries competing for four male mates, left only one chick (below) that managed to make it through to sub-adulthood. Female cassowaries almost certainly kill the chicks of other competing females. Two cassowary chicks have been lost over the last month and one has the tell-tale wound of a pig’s tusk on its left-side drumstick. Feral-pigs prey upon juvenile cassowaries, as do dingoes.
Although concerning, the relative dearth of dingoes is probably due to the relocation of the family that dominated sightings last year, to an area not covered by camera traps. Almost all recent sightings appear to be the same solitary dingo.