There was initially some reluctance on the part of our Wonga twins to attend nursery school in the garden. That nest high in the conifer was so snug and secure. The pair hatched in August and by mid September one parent was offering encouragement from an adjacent branch as the other called to them from below.

UP YOU GET CHICKIES.
Calling the chick down to the ground nursery.
COME ON DOWN MY DARLINGS

But no, they just refused to move.

Unwilling to leave the cosy nest.

Finally, on September 17, they made the big step. The smaller one was a few hours behind its sibling, but after sitting alone in the nest it decided there was no alternative.

Smallest wonga chick remained on the nest a few hours longer.
YES, IT MUST BE LONELY UP THERE ALL BY YOURSELF
BOTH SAFE AND SOUND IN THE NURSERY

And finally there they both were with Mum (or is it Dad?).

Parent at twin chicks

They have taken up residence under the protection of our WWII wheelbarrow. I thought this was rather apt, as it was hand-made by one of our neighbours, to build an air-raid shelter in Sydney.

The chicks by the old WWI barrow,
A SAFE REFUGE

Oh dear, there will be so much to learn at nursery school; the entire lay-out of the garden’s walking paths for instance. Also, how to avoid threats, how to pose nicely for Pauline’s camera, etc etc.

So much to learn at nursery school  little wongas.

Hurry along little one, you will be late to your lesson. And it’s dangerous to wander off.

Hurry off to nursery school little one.

The little one stays close to the parent, so sweet! It’s darker than the other one. and thinner. Well….it did always have to battle to be fed, and was often walked on by its sibling. The ground nursery will be a happier place for it I think

The little one staying close to Mum in the ground nursery,

DUSK…… AND A BAD DECISION

At dusk the chicks are called up from the nursery to sleep more safely on a tree branch. But what did our parents choose to roost in on the first night? A spindly bloomin’ tree fern! Oh my word, the small one had such trouble getting a grip. They were all bouncing around on the fronds and nearly toppling off. Eventually the supervising adult had the sense to move with the larger chick to a branch higher up. Unfortunately the other little fellow was pretty weary by now and couldn’t make it, ending up on another fern for the night. OMG!

Night roost in a tree fern, not the best idea,
HONESTLY…A TREE FERN??

The family was also too close to a gum tree, with its nesting currawong,

MR CURRAWONG HAS HUNGRY MOUTHS TO FEED

Sure enough, down came the big bird on the look-out for food. My husband Rob nearly had heart failure. He rushed out and shooed the currawong away as the parent Wonga also leapt into action. Talk about the dynamic duo! I had a job to persuade Rob to come inside for dinner after that little drama. I know he will be up at dawn to make sure all is well.

Rob keeping watch on the marauding currawong.
I CAN’T COME IN, THE DAMN CURRAWONG’S STILL UP THERE!
ALL’S WELL

So delighted to report that the chickies survived the night and are sitting quietly together on this cold, grey day.

The wretched currawong still poses a threat though.

IS THAT A FAT LITTLE WONGA I SPY??

I can sense that the next few weeks are going to be very stressful for all concerned!

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4 Comments
  1. Our herons, the same age as your wonga babies are just start to flap their enormous wings and hoping from branch to branch.

    • Pauline

      Oh Simon, we are so lucky to be able to follow the lives of such birds. Your herons are wonderful.

  2. A lovely, but nerve-racking story, Pauline. I hope the Currawong leaves them alone… birds are very territorial at nesting time!

    By the way, I had a very happy childhood growing up in Wonga Road (Cremorne), so the word Wonga has special meaning to me. Best wishes, Nigel

    • Pauline

      Thanks Nigel. Yes, its a frantic time here at the moment. I know Wonga Road very well, as we lived in Mosman for over twenty years before moving up to Blackheath.

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