Thursday, 16 April 2009

Fatima Island

This tiny island in the Cooks River is a haven for waterbirds. It's called Fatima Island. A nearby sign says that once there were three tiny islands in this part of the river, where Fatima Island now stands alone. In 1951 hundreds of Catholics made a rosary crusade to the riverbank in homage to the Portuguese pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima. The island has been called Fatima Island since.

The birds for which it is a haven include pelicans, ibis, common silver gull, little pied cormorant, little black cormorant and the occasional crested tern.


  1. It's really small but big enough to give home to some animals.



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  2. Tiny indeed but really Interesting.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Mary ElizabethBlog.

  3. it looks tiny. I like the Wonderful reflections

  4. I wonder what happened to the other two islands?

  5. Good capture. A good bit of nature in the middle of suburbia. If it wasn't for the railway lines on the right, I wouldn't have been able to figure out where that was.
    Sydney City and Suburbs

  6. It looks totally different viewed from that angle than from the train. I wouldn't have recognised it.