Not only did the two eggs hatch while we were absent for two weeks , but the chicks were not the victims of predator attacks , so we were elated when we arrived back from the Top End. During our absence Barkings Owls and other birds of prey had been on the attack in the area , screaming and wailing Curlews filling the nights in the last three days in particular . An experienced wildlife carer who runs the Man Friday Restaurant on Magnetic Island had kindly fed and watered the Curlews while we were away. The morning after our return, the male parent trotted into the kitchen , indicating he expected things to get back to normal, especially the night patrol to prevent the Barking Owls from raiding the chicks . A hawk had swept down and grabbed a hapless chick nearby while we were away.
Snuggling up close for protection . Vallis Photos.