A testimonial view of a bird in dense forest, at first light.

A testimonial view of a bird in dense forest, at first light.
Species: Northern Cassowary   Casuarius unappendiculatus
Author: Josep del Hoyo
Friday, July 25, 2008
Added to IBC: 10 Feb 2009 - 13:56
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Altitude (m): 
81 meters


We had seen fresh footprints under a tree with falling fruits the previous day. We mounted a hide with dried palm leaves and arrived there in the dark before dawn. At first light the bird arrived and was eating fruits during several minutes. The forest was very dense, but even so we could get very satisfactory views. To take photographs and video, of course, was much more difficult.

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Josep del Hoyo, IBC1167939. Accessible at hbw.com/ibc/1167939.

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Josep del Hoyo, IBC1167939. Video of Northern Cassowary Casuarius unappendiculatus at Nimbokrang Forest, New Guinea. Accessible at hbw.com/ibc/1167939.

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