Showing posts tagged Australia

Queen photobombs Hockeyroo Jayde Taylor’s Commonwealth Games selfie

  image

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has ‘photo-bombed’ a selfie taken by two Australian field hockey players at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.

Jayde Taylor, one of the players introduced to the Queen at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre on Thursday, took the photo to mark the moment, and when she saw the result, shared it on Twitter.

Read more here

Photograph: @_JaydeTaylor

Grim conditions forecast for Australia wildfires
Firefighters in Australia are bracing for “as bad as it gets” conditions as they continue to battle wildfires burning west of Sydney in New South Wales.
"There is a very real potential for more loss of homes and loss of life," Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons warned ahead of Wednesday’s forecast of hot temperatures, high winds and low humidity. Read more from ABC News.Photo: Volunteer Christelle Gilmore cares for an orphaned baby swamp wallaby which was burned in Castlereagh, Australia. (Brendon Thorne / Getty Images)

Grim conditions forecast for Australia wildfires

Firefighters in Australia are bracing for “as bad as it gets” conditions as they continue to battle wildfires burning west of Sydney in New South Wales.

"There is a very real potential for more loss of homes and loss of life," Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons warned ahead of Wednesday’s forecast of hot temperatures, high winds and low humidity. Read more from ABC News.

Photo: Volunteer Christelle Gilmore cares for an orphaned baby swamp wallaby which was burned in Castlereagh, Australia. (Brendon Thorne / Getty Images)

Crocodile stalks tourist for weeks
BBC News: A New Zealand man who was stalked by a crocodile off the coast of Australia for two weeks has returned to safety after being rescued.
When the tourist attempted to leave the island he had been stranded on by kayak, the crocodile would start to follow him.
Photo: File photo of a saltwater crocodile (PA)

Crocodile stalks tourist for weeks

BBC News: A New Zealand man who was stalked by a crocodile off the coast of Australia for two weeks has returned to safety after being rescued.

When the tourist attempted to leave the island he had been stranded on by kayak, the crocodile would start to follow him.

Photo: File photo of a saltwater crocodile (PA)

US Navy offers assistance after Great Barrier Reef bomb drop

Reuters: The US Navy offered Australia any help it wanted to retrieve 4 bombs mistakenly dropped inside the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef marine park last week.

US Navy Harrier fighter jets were forced to drop the bombs, 2 inert and 2 carrying explosives but not armed, after civilian boats were spotted near their original target.

Photo: File photo of a Harlequin Tuskfish showing off its tusks at Heron Island, a popular diving spot in the southern Great Barrier Reef (Catlin Seaview Survey)

'Ring of Fire' eclipse wows Australia

AP: Skygazers across the Australian Outback were among the lucky few to witness a solar eclipse on Friday as the moon glided between Earth and the sun, blocking everything but a dazzling ring of light.

The celestial spectacle, known as a “ring of fire” eclipse, was the second solar eclipse visible from northern Australia in six months. In November, a total solar eclipse plunged the country’s northeast into darkness, delighting astronomers and tourists who flocked to the region from across the globe to witness it.

Photo: Friday’s annular solar eclipse blazes like a ring of fire after sunrise, 45 miles (70 kilometers) south of Newman, Australia. The “second sun” is a lens effect. (Nicole Hollenbeck via SpaceWeather.com)

Red algae reaches Sydney shores, closes beaches

NBC News: Australia’s iconic Bondi Beach and Clovelly Beach were closed to swimmers on Tuesday as a red algae bloom drifted close to shore. Though the algae has no toxic effects, people are advised not to swim in areas with discolored water because the algae, which can be high in ammonia, can cause skin irritation.

Photo: A swimmer stops short of a red algae bloom at Sydney’s Clovelly Beach on Tuesday. Clovelly and Bondi Beaches were closed to swimmers as the bloom drifted closer to shore. (William West / AFP - Getty Images)

4,000 lightning strikes recorded in an hour during massive thunderstorm in Australia

A massive thunderstorm struck southeast Queensland on Saturday, bringing torrential rain, flash flooding and blacking out homes, reported News.com.au.

A police spokesman said 50 people were evacuated from an inner-city building after the storm caused a partial cave-in of the roof of a lodge in the inner suburb of Wilston, near Brisbane. Thousands of homes had lost power.

More on the storm here.

Vessels off western Australia hunting a ‘massive’ white shark that killed a surfer; death is year’s 5th - PerthNow

The shark, dubbed Brutus by surfers near western Australia’s Wedge Island, north of Perth, mauled surfer Ben Linden as he surfed with a mate about 9 am Saturday. Police vessels are continuing to hunt the shark.

Australia’s Fisheries Minister Norman Moore gave the order for the shark to be killed if caught.
He also said the government was re-assessing whether great white sharks should remain protected species.

(Source: perthnow.com.au)