Monthly Archives: February 2019

Today’s Crazy Bird

Our sulphur-crested cockatoos are very cheeky, and spend a great deal of time stripping bark off all the trees and creating a huge mess!

This one came around the back this morning, to check out what the other bird species who live here were up to.

3 Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo Canberra Australia Bird Sonya Heaney 27th February 2019 Garden Nature

2 Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo Canberra Australia Bird Sonya Heaney 27th February 2019 Garden Nature

4 Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo Canberra Australia Bird Sonya Heaney 27th February 2019 Garden Nature

1 Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo Canberra Australia Bird Sonya Heaney 27th February 2019 Garden Nature

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Caught in the act!

A raven is currently trying to steal my plastic container.

Australian Raven Bird Canberra Australia Sonya Heaney 25th February 2019 2

Australian Raven Bird Canberra Australia Sonya Heaney 25th February 2019 1

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End-of-Summer Sky in Canberra

Sonya Heaney Blue Summer Sky Sunshine Canberra Australia Eucalyptus Tree Gum Tree 24th February 2019

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24/02/2019 · 4:05 pm

Canberra’s First Autumn Colours

It’s not much, but here are our first autumn leaves in the garden in Canberra today. We have temperatures in the thirties forecast into March, but the trees know what season it is!

The First Autumn Leaves Garden Nature Canberra Australia Sonya Heaney Autumn Colours 24th February 2019 Summer Sky Blue Sky Sunshine

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Steve – the best bird!

Here is our tiny butcherbird who turned up here as a little baby a couple of years ago. Steve/Stevie goes away for a few months a year, and then comes back and practically lives at our back door.

So very, very, VERY friendly and cute!

Australian Grey Butcher Bird Canberra Australia Sonya Heaney 16th February 2019 Bird Birds Nature Cute 1

Australian Grey Butcher Bird Canberra Australia Sonya Heaney 16th February 2019 Bird Birds Nature Cute 3

Australian Grey Butcher Bird Canberra Australia Sonya Heaney 16th February 2019 Bird Birds Nature Cute 2

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The Dinner Rush

The first rush of birds coming in hope of a dinner snack here in Canberra this evening. Left to right: a peewee, a magpie, and a half-grown red wattlebird. We have many others, including about ninety-million currawongs!

Peewee Australian Magpie Red Wattlebird Canberra Australia Dinner Rush Sonya Heaney Summer 16th February 2019 Nature

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Canberra: Best Coffee in Australia

Canberra Barista Australia's Best Coffee is in Canberra February 2019

Once again, Canberra has been named as having the top baristas and best coffee in Australia. One Canberran beat out the reigning champion – also from Canberra – to win this year. It’s headline news now, but I always follow this competition quite closely because one of the “national champions” is someone we’re associated with.

Australia needs to do away with old stereotypes about different cities. Only a few years ago when I was in Melbourne I had a distant relative who lives there ask if we even had restaurants in Canberra! The staggering ignorance… I’m proud to say Canberra is making “best of” lists all over the place at the moment (best city in the world to live – twice; second-best city in the world to visit, after Seville), and coffee is just one of the latest awards!

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Out this month: Mr Jones

mr. jones is a 2019 drama film directed by agnieszka holland. soviet union ussr ukraine stalin's genocide holodomor in ukraine movie poster

Historical film Mr Jones – about a Welsh journalist who risked his life to tell the truth about Stalin’s 1930s genocide in Ukraine – is out this month, beginning with a premiere at the Berlin Film Festival.

Unlike the Holocaust, the Kremlin’s forced famine genocide – known as the Holodomor – escaped the world’s notice mostly because Western journalists, many of them advocates of communism, spent decades denying it.

Conservative estimates of the death toll put it on par with the Holocaust, while others place the numbers much higher; up to ten-million Ukrainians killed between 1932 and 1933. The numbers vary so much because, unlike the Germans who documented every aspect of the Holocaust, the Russian authorities have done everything in their power to hide their crimes.

(It should be noted that the Kremlin committed another genocide in Kazakhstan at the same time, killing 42% of the population.)

Gareth Jones, played in the movie by English actor James Norton, saw the Holodomor firsthand, and went against the lead of Stalin-friendly journalists like The New York Times’ Walter Duranty to try and get the truth out beyond the Iron Curtain.

He was only twenty-nine when he was murdered, one day shy of his thirtieth birthday.

This film seems incredibly important in this day and age, with people once again reacting to rising fascism by identifying as communists and sympathising with Russia. As this Variety article points out, we live in a similar age as the 1930s, with propaganda and “fake news” dominating much of the press, and most of the world turning a blind eye to atrocities being committed by the Kremlin, and by the regimes in countries like Syria.

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Canberra Summer Sunset

It was an amazing sunset in Canberra just now!

Canberra Australia Summer Sunset Sonya Heaney 8th February 2019 Sky Nature

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