Eagle update

We have an end to our story and unfortunately an end to another eagle.

Ellen, the vet taking care of the young female eagle at the Animal Referral Hospital, conducted an autopsy to determine the cause of death. This is yet to be determined as further testing and analysis is currently underway.

Samples were taken to test for Beak and Feather disease, Persistent Organic Pesticides, as well as her general condition, to determine if there were any other viruses or other conditions present. Feathers were taken for the Feather Map project and for feather transplants, also known as imping.

She was not one of our resident birds, but an intruder, possibly looking for her own territory and a mate. It appears that our resident birds are healthy and uninjured.

So while her death is sad, we look to the silver lining that has allowed us to learn more and contribute to other research. She was a beautiful bird!

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Sad news from our nest

We have some unfortunate news to share as our eaglet has died overnight. The most likely cause of this is exposure, as the night was so cold and the chick was not brooded by either parent.

Yesterday, the parents were very unsettled on the nest and after an early feeding of the chick, left it unattended most of the day.

Early in the evening a third eagle appeared near the nest, which resulted in a fight with talons thrusting and loud calling. Both eagles fell to the ground, apparently injured.

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A small team of volunteers entered the forest in the dark, after approval, to investigate. Two adult eagles were on the ground, and after a careful capture, one of the injured eagles was taken to the nearby Animal Referral Hospital where it was given antibiotics and is being kept in care until further examination. The second eagle was left alone, as it was roosting in a tree.

This morning, two eagles were heard calling and were observed mating above the nest. Neither made any attempt to attend to the chick or the unhatched egg – which is now no doubt unviable. One of the eagles has been identified as our current male and the other is possibly the female. Mating and calling are signs of bonding and re-establishing territory. We have not yet confirmed the identity of this second bird or the one in care.

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When more is known, approval will be obtained to possibly band the bird at the Animal Referral Hospital and a decision will be made about a location for release once the eagle has been identified.

It appears another eagle moved into the territory of our pair and the intruder was attacked by the parents, defending their territory and nest.

Nature in the raw can be cruel.

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The Eaglet has landed!

After 39 days and 19 hours of eager waiting and watching, our first egg for the year has finally hatched.

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With both parents taking responsibility to care for their young, the roles are split between the two. The male eagle brings most of the food and, although both parents take turns to incubate the egg, the female takes on the full responsibility of incubating at night.

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With the second egg still yet to hatch, we are watching EagleCAM intently to see when eaglet two will appear.

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Mining Pyrite’s haunting video

Our Armory Gallery is used to present a huge variety of unique artworks, from ArtExpress and Operation Art showing amazing creations of our next generation of artists to the impressive design pieces that are exhibited as part of Designing your Future annual event.

We have always found it a challenge to showcase the true spirit of the variety of art exhibitions, however we are pretty happy with this haunting new video that sums up our latest gig Mining Pyrite, a FREE exhibition at Newington Armory Gallery every weekend until Sunday 20 August 2017…

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Sydney Olympic Park leads the way in Aboriginal Professional Learning for Teachers

The Koori Classroom Teacher Professional Learning Workshop for school teachers was recently held at Sydney Olympic Park.

The workshop, which is held around three times a year, draws on the knowledge of Shannon Foster, a D’harawal knowledge keeper who  imparts ‘inside information’ about culture, science, language and the sustainable use of local resources by Aboriginal people. Throughout the day Shannon, whose family come from the La Peruse area of Sydney, shares many stories of her own lived experience as part of the ‘saltwater’ people of Sydney.

Set amongst the beautiful backdrop of Bicentennial Park, the Badu Mangroves provide a living case study for the day. Teachers start at the Education Centre with a cultural interpretation session and then try a bush tucker morning tea. Teachers then venture out into the parklands to learn about flora and fauna, and experience hands-on traditional weaving and string making.

Attendees also learn that Sydney Olympic Park was originally inhabited by the Wangal (Wanne – Name of the country/land ; Gal – Man; Galeon – Woman).  The Wangal were one of the first clans to make initial contact with the Europeans within ten days of their arrival in Sydney Cove, with one of the most notable Wangal people being Bennelong (who travelled to England with Arthur Phillip).

Lucy, a teacher from St Joseph’s Rockdale says, “The presenters were so knowledgeable. I am inspired to share so much with staff and colleagues. I will also share the stories with my own children.”

The course is designed to give teachers the confidence to infuse engaging, authentic, Aboriginal content into their classroom. The new Australian Curriculum prioritises the teaching of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives as one of three major cross-curricular themes.

Completing the Koori Classroom Teacher Professional Learning Workshop contributes 5 hours of NESA-accredited PD addressing 1.4.2, 2.4.2, 6.2.2, 7.2.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

The next Koori Classroom workshops will be held on 4 August and 1 December 2017.
For bookings and more information visit sydneyolympicpark.com.au, email education@sopa.nsw.gov.au or call 02 9714 7888.

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Next Generation Development Opportunity

On the back of a reviewed Master Plan 2030 and impressive growth prospects, Sydney Olympic Park Authority is moving forward to a new generation of development with progressive planning controls that increase mass, density and height.

Development activity has focused on residential supply in recent years, reducing existing commercial stock through withdrawals and limiting new incoming office supply. Now, neighbouring metropolitan commercial centres are at historically low vacancy rates as jobs continue to move west to meet a growing population. The tight conditions favour new construction.

Strategically positioned as the demographic heart of Sydney, Sydney Olympic Park undergoes intense planning scrutiny through Master Plan 2030, a blueprint for sustainable development. The Master Plan enshrines the Park’s Olympic legacy and ensures competitive development outcomes as the lifestyle super precinct.

Primed and ready to take advantage of these premium conditions, Site 2A / 2B Australia Ave is an iconic development opportunity for A Grade office space and an upmarket hotel offering that captures economic growth and leverages progressive planning.  Effectively 2 sites, the total proposed GFA for 2A / 2B Australia Ave is over 42,400sqm is spread out over 30 levels, with additional 150 underground public car parking spaces. Additional parking for tenants and guests will be provided on a ratio of 1 per 80sqm.

The opportunity exists now for incoming developers to naturally leverage off Sydney Olympic Park’s global reputation for broad amenity, CBD proximity and aesthetic setting attracting national and international tenants.

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Sydney Olympic Park making news…

You might have seen us in the news recently, with the Minister for Transport announcing that the new Sydney Metro West must stop at Sydney Olympic Park given the residential growth, commercial and educational opportunities. Check it out…

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