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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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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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Canberra Heatwave

Here’s our resident red wattlebird trying to cope with the heat on Saturday afternoon. For reference, the second picture is what it’s supposed to look like – and does when it’s not forty degrees all week!

red wattlebird canberra australia summer heatwave sonya heaney 25th january 2019

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Australia Day…

Things aren’t going to be very comfortable for the official, mostly outdoor (and increasingly controversial) Australia Day events here in Canberra (that run from the 25th-26th)!

canberra australia day heatwave 24th-25th-26th january 2019

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After the storm….

We had a freak five-minute lightning/hail storm in Canberra this afternoon, and this is what the sky looked like at dinnertime.

after the storm canberra australia summer sunset sonya heaney 23rd january 2019 sky nature

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