In Australia, sulphur-crested cockatoos have adapted very well to European settlement in Australia and live in suburban habitats in cities such as Sydney. These birds are naturally curious, as well as very intelligent.
They are very long-lived, and can live upwards of 70 years in captivity, although they only live to about 20–40 years in the wild. They have been known to engage in geophagy, the process of eating clay to detoxify their food. The sulphur-crested cockatoo is a seasonal breeder – in southern Australia the breeding season is from August to January.
The jurors spent almost a year processing 88 entries, with One Central Park competing directly with the other four finalists in the category: The Edith Green-Wendall Wyatt Federal Building, Portland, USA (Americas); De Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands (Europe) and Cayan Tower, Dubai, UAE (Middle East & Africa).
Holden is ceasing production in Australia in 2017. The Australian car industry is all but dead and South Australia is in shock following confirmation that Holden will cease production after more than 60 years. The General Motors car produced in Australia since the 1950’s is last in a wave of car production leaving Australia. Holden will now follow Ford and Mitsubishi out of the country, leaving only Toyota building cars here.
Street performance or busking is the practice of performing in public places, for gratuities. In many countries the rewards are generally in the form of money but other gratuities such as food, drink or gifts may be given. Street performance is practiced all over the world by men, women and children and dates back to antiquity. Tom Ward performs in Hyde Park for Australia day. Note the extra holes at the bottom of his guitar.
Kangaroo meat is produced in Australia from wild animals and in 2010 was exported to over 55 countries worldwide.Currently sourced from wild animals as a byproduct of population control programs, both the meat and the hides are sold. Although most species of macropod are protected from hunting by law, a small number of the large-sized species which exist in high numbers can be hunted by commercial hunters.This policy has been criticized by some animal rights activists. On the other hand, the kangaroo harvest is supported by a wide range of professional ecologists in Australia. “Tastes like venison….” says the butcher at the Central Market.
Adelaide is a planned city, and the Park Lands are an integral part of Colonel William Light’s 1837 plan. Light chose a site next to the River Torrens. He was influenced by William Penn’s design of Philadelphia, and planned Adelaide on a grid of one square mile, interspaced by wide boulevards, incorporating five large public squares surrounding the entire city with a green-belt and the “lungs of the city”.
Australian residential architectural styles have evolved significantly over time, from the early days of structures made from relatively cheap and imported corrugated iron (which can still be seen in the roofing of historic homes) to more sophisticated styles borrowed from other countries, such as the Victorian style from the United Kingdom, the Georgian style from North America and Europe and the Californian bungalow from the United States.
Within Australia black swans are nomadic, with erratic migration patterns dependent upon climatic conditions. The black swan breeds mainly in the southeast and southwest regions of Australia. Like other swans, the black swan is largely monogamous pairing for life (about 6% divorce rate). An estimated one-quarter of all pairings are homosexual, mostly between males.
Named for English town of Henley-on-Thames, the Town of Henley Beach was promoted in the South Australian Register in 1860 as being “free from all the noxious smells which have been cause of complaint elsewhere”.
The Beehive Corner is a landmark in the Adelaide city center, on the north-eastern corner of King William Street and Rundle Street, centrally placed between the Railway Station and the city’s shopping precinct.
For over a century, “Meet you at the Beehive Corner” has been a common phrase among Adelaideans when nominating a meeting-place in the city.
Said to be haunted, the Adelaide Gaol was the first permanent prison in South Australia.South Australia was settled with no convicts, and at first there was thought to be no need for a jail. When need arose, they first used the ship, and then built and operated the Adelaide Goal from 1841 until 1988. The Gaol is one of the two oldest buildings still standing in South Australia, the other being Government House which was built at the same time.
Ruth Corset (in pink) from Team Total Rush Hyster was the front runner most of the 38 laps, but was over taken by Melissa Hoskins (right) team Orica with a time of 1:05:19. This was the inaugural race of what will be an annual event in Adelaide, South Australia.
King Streetis the main street of Newtown and center of commercial and entertainment activity. The street follows the spine of a long ridge that rises up nearSydney Universityand extends to the south, becoming thePrinces Highwayat its southern end.
Eliza Emily Donnithorne (1827–1886) of Camperdown, Sydney, was jilted by her groom on her wedding day and spent the rest of her life in a darkened house, her rotting wedding cake left as it was on the table, and with her front door kept permanently ajar in case her groom ever returned. She was widely considered at the time to be Dickens’ model for Miss Havisham, in Great Expectations (1861) although this cannot be proven.
Coogee is a beachside suburb south-east of the Sydney central business district,in the state of New South Wales, Australia.The Tasman Sea and Coogee Bay along with Coogee Beach lie towards the eastern side of the suburb. The beach is popular for swimming and famous for its dangerous shore breaks. The locals call the sandstone rocks icebergs.
Outside Sydney’s Central railway station, posters flourish. Central is the largest railway station in Australia. It services almost all of the lines on the Sydney Trains network,with 11.35 million passenger movements in 2013.
Lady Vixen, part of the Flamewater Circus, practices Friday nights at Camperdown Memorial Rest Park adjacent to the historic Camperdown Cemetery located on Church Street in Newtown, an inner-city suburb of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The cemetery was founded in 1848 and was for twenty years the main general cemetery for Sydney, with the total number of burials being about 18,000. Many people who were important to the early history of colonial Australia are buried there. It is the only one of Sydney’s three main early cemeteries that still exists.
Although sometimes confused with its illustrious neighbor, Kings Cross, Darlinghurst is a place in its own right. Prior to the arrival of Europeans the area was within the traditional lands of the Gadigal people.
Just outside Sydney, The Three Sisters are rock sandstone rock formations in the Blue Mountains,near the town of Katoomba. Legend has it that three sisters – Meehni, Wimlah, and Gunnedoo – lived in the Jamison Valley as members of the Katoomba tribe. They fell in love with three men from a neighboring Nepean tribe, but marriage was forbidden by tribal law. The brothers decided to capture the three sisters and a major tribal battle ensued, and the sisters were turned to stone by an elder to protect them. He was killed in the fighting and no one else could turn them back. This is claimed to be an Indigenous Australian Dreamtime legend.
In Cairns, a Queensland city that acts as a gateway to both tropical north with its world heritage rainforests and the world heritage listed Great Barrier Reef, you can see Spectacled flying foxes in the middle of town, roosting in the grounds of the beautiful library.
A juvenile fig bird eats dinner along the Peterson Creek. The Peterson Creek Wildlife Corridor Project aims to establish a wildlife corridor between Lake Eacham and the Curtain Fig State Forest and Yungaburra National Park which are presently isolated. Yungabura is a town located on the Atherton Tableland in Far North Queensland, Australia.
Mossman Gorge, a World Heritage site north of Cairns -is located in the southern part of Daintree National Park, near the cane-farming town of Mossman.
It is part of the traditional homeland of the indigenous Eastern Kuku Yalanji people.
Fauna commonly observed in the gorge includes the Australian brushturkey
Mobs of wallabies graze near the highway outside Cairns at dusk. Wallabies are herbivores whose diet consists of a wide range of grasses, vegetables, leaves and other foliage. Due to recent urbanization, many wallabies now feed in rural and urban areas. Wallabies cover vast distances for food and water, which is often scarce in their environment.
The Crystal Cascades are located in the largest rainforest in the world in a relatively unspoilt section of the upper Freshwater Creek, in the Redlynch Valley, outside of Cairns. The largest waterhole is sited alongside a sheer cliff which locals and tourists climb to jump into the adjoining deep waterhole. The most famous part of the cliff is called “No Fear”.
The full moon shown on us as Anne, Annette and I marveled at the Opera Australia production in the Joan Sutherland Theatre set in the bohemian streets of 1930s Berlin, in the colour and chaos of street fairs and burlesque bars, fairylights and fishnet stockings. Maija Kovalevska makes her Australian debut as Mimì after stunning audiences in the role at the Metropolitan Opera New York, LA Opera, and Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Andrea Molino returns to Australia to conduct.
Here’s to the spirits that guide us, and kudos to the toymaker Harrison Pierce!