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Christmas Island’s Hawk-Owl is one of a few endemic bird species to be found on the island. Guest blogger Lisa Preston, who runs bird and nature tours of Christmas Island, shares her experiences with this curious little bird, and a few secrets about luring them out for a photo! Christmas Island, whilst being quite remote and not overly large, is proud to boast an endemic Hawk-Owl. These little birds have persevered despite introduced pests, feral cats and extensive clearing of habitat for mining. My first real sighting of the Hawk-Owl was during our very first Bird'n'Nature Week in 2006. Resident biologist and...
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The story behind our amazing mosaic

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Recently our community came together to help produce a work of art. A beautiful mosaic that celebrates Christmas Island's natural beauty. Patricia Power, who heads up Arts and Culture Christmas Island (ACCI) and coordinated this project, takes us through the creative process... (Feature image Sandy Robertson) What was the inspiration to create the mural? The original idea was to involve the community in creating a mosaic seat that would be incorporated into the Urban Design Foreshore Plan. It was to be part of a series of functional public art that reflected aspects of Christmas Island’s environment, heritage and culture. What is...
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Local Talent: Yvonne McKenzie

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If you’ve spent any time on our Facebook page, you’ll have no doubt have seen some of talented photographer Yvonne McKenzie’s photos. Yvonne has wonderful ability to capture images that reflect the spirit of Christmas Island, the character of its unique creatures and the beauty of our natural surroundings. We asked Yvonne about what inspires her as a photographer. CITA: How long have you called Christmas Island home? I’ve lived here for nearly 5 years (since July 2010) with my husband Peter and our two gorgeous sons, Dylan (5) and Jesse (3). CITA: How do you spend your days? I...
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    Sally says #
    Lovely photos Yvonne, photography is a great interest to have on CI!

Bondi Vet Dr Chris Brown visits Christmas Island

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TV personality, veterinarian and animal lover Dr Chris Brown visited Christmas Island recently to check out our unique wildlife for some upcoming episodes of The Living Room. You'll be able to watch Chris's adventures this Friday, 3rd April at 7.30pm on Network 10.Chris was lucky enough during his visit to witness the red crab migration and this year's spawning event while he was here, an event that Sir David Attenborough has described as one of the world's great wonders. Chris was up before dawn with the rest of the island's residents, along with visitors from all over the world, to see the...
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  • Alimah
    Alimah says #
    My beautiful Island unfortunatly I haven't been back since we left in 1973

Celebrating the Sea: Sea Week on Christmas Island

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This week is Sea Week on Christmas Island, and we're celebrating everything we love about the ocean that surrounds our little island, from the sensational seafood to the fun and games we have swimming, surfing, snorkeling and diving. The festival started with a blessing, as we paid homage to the sea by lighting a candle at the temple for the Goddess of the Sea, Ma Chor Nui Nui and had a day of family fun at Flying Fish Cove. All week there will be sensational hand-crafted (local and sustainable) seafood dishes on offer at Rumah Tinggi and an opportunity for...
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Gong Xi Fa Cai!

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This year Christmas Island celebrated the Chinese New Year with a lot of help from the Christmas Island Kung Fu Club, who turned out some very impressive lion dancers. This year is the Year of the Wood Goat according to the Chinese Lunar Calendar. The Goat is the 8th sign of the 12 year cycle of animals that appear in the Chinese Zodiac and is a symbol of happiness, peace, tranquility and hope. Those born this year are aid to be clever, kind hearted and peace loving people. Celebrations started on the eve of the New Year, with decorations, lanterns and coloured...
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On behalf of the Christmas Island Red Crabs… we thank-you.

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This year we have been lucky enough to experience another successful red crab migration, with the biggest return of babies seen in a long time. And we’d like to say THANKS – to everyone who helped to keep our crabs safe. Thank-you to our National Parks team for the hard work involved, managing the crab barriers, tunnels and bridges, to divert crabs away from traffic. Thank-you to the Australian Federal Police for supporting parks traffic management and thank-you to the Shire of Christmas Island for enabling roads to be managed by park staff. And most of all, thank-you to the...
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  • Ruth Michell
    Ruth Michell says #
    So the little red crabs both recycle and garden in the rainforest. The most amazing little creatures. The photographs of the mass

Ocean Film Festival comes to Christmas Island!

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On the 11th March, we can all immerse ourselves in the wonders of the ocean without getting our feet wet as the Christmas ISland Cinema Club presents the Ocean Film Festival Australia.  The festival showcases more than two hours of awesome footage taken above and below the surface, and according to Festival organiser Jemima Robinson; “The films document the beauty and power of the ocean, and celebrate the divers, surfers, swimmers and oceanographers who live for the sea’s salt spray; who chase the crests of waves; and who marvel at the mysteries of the big blue.” Films feature captivating cinematography, complete...
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So what's Christmas like on Christmas Island?

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The Christmas spirit has well and truly arrived on Christmas Island, with Christmas lights up, carols by candlelight at the church and many end of year parties with guest appearances from Santa. Families and friends celebrate Christmas on the island in their own ways, sometimes at home or places like Flying Fish Cove. Some of the locals have a traditional shore dive and snorkel at Flying Fish Cove on Christmas morning before heading home for Christmas lunch. Some gather on the promenade in front of the Kampong for a barbeque lunch, and some come down to the Cove after lunch...
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The island where Christmas has arrived early

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Nature lovers from all over the world are flocking to Christmas Island, and it’s nothing to do with imminent arrival of a certain big man in a red suit.  The mass migration of millions of endemic red land crabs has turned the Indian Ocean island into the set of a real-life Discovery Channel documentary. Described by naturalist Sir David Attenborough as one of the most spectacular annual migrations on the planet, this extraordinary natural phenomena will climax on Thursday (18 December), when on the outgoing high tide, millions of the female red crabs will simultaneously spawn (drop their eggs in the...
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