Since welcome heavy rain began to fall in Darwin some of the large flocks of Magpie Geese have started to disperse out to the Wet season floodplains . As usual , there were large numbers of the birds in and around the Botanic Gardens and the rural area waiting for the monsoons. In the grounds of the Uniting Church in suburban Nightcliff,where a variety of birds are seen over the year , tucked away is the above weathered wooden cross which reads : In Loving Memory of Baby Fran Rose, died 20-12-1996. Seen foraging nearby was the lone, injured Magpie Goose on the right which has an injured leg. It would hobble about, picking at the ground , then squat down , resting , obviously in pain . Eventually it got to its feet, awkwardly launched itself into the air and, with a honk , flew away.