Day 260 – 1st October 2018 – Darwin

I had a 7am to 3.30pm shift today.  I have made a decision to finish working at Woolies at the end of the month.  I will be heading back to Adelaide mid November for my Niece’s 18th birthday and spending a few days there, and then returning again at the start of December.  I am switching from a part time contract to a casual but will only get shifts if I ring up and request them.  So that sounds like a good arrangement.  It keeps the door open but at this stage the 29th October will be my last shift.

After work I headed to the computer shop and dropped off my laptop for them to have a look at and should be able to pick it up tomorrow, yay.

Very sadly today the Curlews turned up to be fed and there was only one little baby curlew :(  We are not sure what has happened but one of the babies didn’t make it and I feel so sad about it.  Poor little thing.  The parents are naturally on edge and super defensive of the remaining baby.  I hope this one survives.  The Plovers are real bullies and run at the Curlews so they can steal their food.  Apparently they have a sharp spur on their wing.  This photo shows the parents protecting the remaining baby.  They hiss and scream as well as taking this stance.  It was pretty cute that the baby joined in too, it looked very funny but I didn’t manage to get a photo of the baby doing it.  I suspect it was a Kite that took the other baby, but we have also seen a feral cat in the park once too.  Who knows.

Bush Stone-Curlews defending the remaining baby against a Plover, Lee Point, Darwin NT
Bush Stone-Curlews defending the remaining baby against a Plover, Lee Point, Darwin NT

Strangely there are many Curlews around the park but the pair near us are the only ones that have had any babies so far.  We haven’t seen any other baby Curlews around the park, not sure why.  I hope there are more to come.

8 thoughts on “Day 260 – 1st October 2018 – Darwin”

  1. Sounds like a great plan and more in keeping with your travel plans.
    Can’t wait to catch up when you’re down. Respite from the humidity if only for a few days xx

    1. Thanks Tania. I can’t wait to catch up either.
      It will be interesting to return back to it actually. Being in it and slowly adjusting has been a good thing. I imagine for anyone arriving right now it would be quite uncomfortable and I am interested to see if I notice it returning after a few days away.
      In saying that, I do work in aircon at Woolies so walk out into it every afternoon and think ‘wow that’s warm’ but adjust pretty quickly.

    1. Definitely keen Jo, Tania said she is happy to host a catch up at her house on the Saturday night. Hopefully you are free and I will look forward to seeing you then xx

  2. I think it’s a good decision for you – you shouldnt be working full time on your travel holiday. Pick up a shift here and there so you can go out to dinner, or buy something extra.

    Let us know what you need for when you come back for a couple of days. xxx

    1. Thanks Sam, I am feeling good about the decision. I keep trying to work part time but it seems that they are so short staffed everywhere up here that you get asked to pick up more hours. I am such a sucker for that too, I should learn to say no haha. It has been good though, but am definitely ready for a break.
      That is really sweet of you to offer. I will be staying with Sam and Steff while I am in Adelaide and Tania offered to host a catch up on the Saturday night with the Crew if you are free? Looking forward to seeing you all xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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