|Double trouble chicks|
Walking outside late at night to lock up the car , a limping Curlew , which looks like one of the two adventurous chicks is seen disappearing into shrubbery. The chicks should not be outside because the Berlin Wall was erected to keep them in the backyard in comparative safety . Run inside to get torch , when emerge the hurt bird is seen limping after adult birds into vacant allotment across the road.
Apprehensively jump out of bed early next morning and see the limping chick is in the backyard. The Berlin Wall is examined and it seems a potplant inserted in the wall may have been responsible for the Curlew getting over the barrier and hurting its leg in the process .
Wife scatters food, and while the chick is distracted, grab it and examine its legs. It squawks , the parents screech and with wings extended in attack mode dance about me .What could be a bruise or a scuff is detected on a leg. Also noticed are black fly like insects which had previously been seen on the birds over the years. These seem to blend into the feather markings of Curlews. The Berlin Wall is readjusted and the chicks do not escape . Over the weeks the injured Curlew mends .
There was another crisis yesterday when one of the chicks got caught in netting, above, placed over the lemon tree to protect it from Cockatoos . Run to get a pair of scissors and cut the squawking bird free . Its parents were again in full attack mode , tails fanned out , wings extended , running about my feet .