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PARKERVILLE’S Bird Man Si­mon Cher­ri­man will unveil more than 70 im­ages in an ex­hi­bi­tion of his work at The Sound Tem­ple in Sawyers Val­ley.

The col­lec­tion King­dom in the Clouds opens on Fri­day with im­ages of the Noon­gar sea­sons and wedge- tailed ea­gles.

Cher­ri­man’s pas­sion for wildlife and land­scape fea­ture strongly in his in­au­gu­ral pho­tog­ra­phy ex­hi­bi­tion.

The Sound Tem­ple’s Ja­nis John­ston said the Hills- born or­nithol­o­gist and en­vi­ron­men­tal bi­ol­o­gist was an ed­u­ca­tor and film­maker.

Some of the im­ages cap­tured form part of his PhD re­search into the breed­ing habits of wedge- tailed ea­gles in WA. Cher­ri­man tracks them by satel­lite. A START- UP com­pany based in the Perth Hills has net­ted a shark af­ter de­liv­er­ing a suc­cess­ful pitch on

The guys be­hind Space­toCo fronted the panel of self- made mil­lion­aires to pitch their plans to ex­pand their busi­ness, which lists unique spa­ces to hire for any­thing from wed­dings to ten­nis games and busi­ness meet­ings.

Co- founder Jeremy Hurst said it was not an easy task to con­vince an in­vestor to put in $ 210,000 for a 14 per cent stake in the com­pany.

“Our shark was none other than the savvy Steve Bax­ter,” he said.

Mr Hurst said the idea came to him in 2015.

“My wife and I had just be­come Airbnb hosts and 10 months ear­lier we mar­ried in our back­yard in the Perth Hills,” he said.

“It sud­denly oc­curred to me that if we could be mar­ried in our own back­yard, maybe others could too.

“We were al­ready shar­ing ac­com­mo­da­tion spa­ces, so why not share more?”

Mr Hurst said their Perth busi­ness was grow­ing strongly.

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