Kipling was spot on when he wrote that East is East and West is West , and never the twain shall meet . At the front of the Little Darwin cluttered den , Wingy , seen here standing defiantly in the gutter , a raucous Curlew with an injured wing and a partner named Skinny Minnie , in a moment of confrontation .
Frequently at the back door are our resident Curlews and their now big, ever hungry chicks . When the pair of adults and Wingy and mate meet there is a territorial battle .
Early one morning there was uproar out the front , Wingy heard shrieking . On investigation, feathers were found on the lawn . Wingy often takes up a position outside the wire door and peers inside , making impatient noises indicating he wants to be fed .
Like the Where's Willy game, if you closely examine this Curlew, in a secluded spot at the front of the Little Darwin zoo/bookworm farm , you will find the beak and tiny head of one of two new chicks. The latest arrivals were discovered during a break in the most welcome wet weather . The family has since vanished to a hopefully safe position , away from the road and marauders.