While the Little Darwin ranch was left unattended because of our attendance at a successful community forum headed by the federal Leader of the Opposition , Bill Shorten (ALP ) , in Townsville , our resident backyard Curlews hatched two fluffy chicks . As a result , they have been named Bill , after the ALP chief , and Koo , after the American actress , Koo Stark , who not only had a close association with Prince Andrew but played Camie in Star Wars . Was it the wicked News of the World who called her Koo Starkers , or some other Pommie tabloid ? The naughty French papers may also have given her a flutter.
The arrival of the birds reopens the night time war to try and prevent the Barking Owls and other predators from killing the chicks . The previous healthy looking chick was snatched by an owl before our very eyes. Other baby Curlews in the area have been taken during the night . Two lucky ones were moved inside a home for protection , the subject of an upcoming , touching story .
Koo with parent who moonlights as a fan dancer .