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The ill-named Cockatoo Island

Last weekend, we visited Cockatoo Island, the largest island in Sydney Harbour.  Although Cockatoo Island has been home to an industrial school for boys and a reformatory school for girls, it's primarily known for the years when it was a prison and a shipyard.  You can walk the entire circumfrance of the island in less than 15 minutes, yet at times there were as many as 500 prisoners on Cockatoo Island.  The prison was so overcrowded that each inmate had 43 centimeters of sleeping space in the barracks! 
The history was interesting, the view a little different than what we've seen before, but the most memorable part of our journey was watching the birds.  We were surprised, given the name of the island, that we did not see any cockatoos.  There are 2 living in the tree next to our house but we did not see even a single cockatoo. 
However, there were hundreds of seagulls.  And they were none too happy to see us because apparently we visited the island during the height of breeding season.  We saw lots of mama birds sitting on eggs, little babies in various stages of youth, and even a couple fights over nests/eggs.  It was fascinating! 
View the photo album on the Australia page.

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