From behind a wheelie bin at the residence of the German Queen of the Jungle , out jumped Dracula, above, the Dutch cheese loving Coucal , recently released into the wild on Magnetic Island , and inspected a noisy lawn mower in action . It ran about the mower , came up close, examined the machine , then scampered off into the undergrowth.
However, the lawnmower started up again and Dracula took off in pursuit ,obviously fascinated by things mechanical on wheels and a fan of the TV show , Top Gear .
After darting about the mower, Dracula once more flew into shrubs, hopping from branch to branch and took up a position on the top of an aviary from which it watched the tall grass being cut down . The bird seems to have lost a tail feather or two . After the grass had been cut , Dracula flew down and searched the area for insects , easier to find in short turf. Dracula makes its presence known by making loud calls at the backdoor of two residences and gets stroppy if not immediately fed. Out exercising her leg after a knee operation, the Queen of the Jungle was making her way home from a nearby supermarket with the aid of a walking stick when she suddenly became aware she was being followed by bush, street and tucker wise Dracula.
To retrieve pawpaws from a feral tree which had grown through one of the Queen of the Jungle's aviaries, this writer , days after the lawn mower chase, had to carry an extension ladder into an overgrown adjoining property, some of the weeds chest high, snaky looking. Two Currawongs had already pecked a ripe pawpaw . Carrying a pawpaw in each hand, a glance was made to see where to put my foot down the leaning ladder and there was a dark blob on the second rung , causing fright-a snake ! No ... Dracula, the inquisitive Coucal , climbing the fabled ladder of opportunity . When I called out to the bird it flew up onto the aviary , inspected fruit still on the tree , then fluttered off to the Queen's menagerie , where she gave him some pieces of the $20 a kilo Dutch cheese he likes , which he is shown munching above. In all, eight fruit were picked , leaving more to ripen.