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  • Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge
  • Panoramic views in Mt William National Park, Tasmania
  • Views from Rotary Lookout in Esperance, Western Australia
  • Olympic Stadium (Stadium Australia), Sydney
  • Wineglass Bay in Frecynet National Park, Tasmania
  • Weather front looming over Stirling Range, Western Australia
  • Twillight Cove near Esperance, Western Australia
  • Sunset in outback Western Australia
  • Eddystone Point Lighthouse at the Bay of Fires, Tasmania
Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge

Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge

Panoramic views in Mt William National Park, Tasmania

Panoramic views in Mt William National Park, Tasmania

Views from Rotary Lookout in Esperance, Western Australia

Views from Rotary Lookout in Esperance, Western Australia

Olympic Stadium (Stadium Australia), Sydney

Olympic Stadium (Stadium Australia), Sydney

Wineglass Bay in Frecynet National Park, Tasmania

Wineglass Bay in Frecynet National Park, Tasmania

Weather front looming over Stirling Range, Western Australia

Weather front looming over Stirling Range, Western Australia

Twillight Cove near Esperance, Western Australia

Twillight Cove near Esperance, Western Australia

Sunset in outback Western Australia

Sunset in outback Western Australia

Eddystone Point Lighthouse at the Bay of Fires, Tasmania

Eddystone Point Lighthouse at the Bay of Fires, Tasmania

Forgotten Songs

Bird CagesCanopy of bird cages in Angel Place, SydneySydney is an amazing city and there are always new things to discover. Even if you have worked just a few blocks away for close to two years, you stumble upon new things as happened to me today.

I went to the city and by chance came into a small alley named Angel Place which connects Pitt Street and George Street and is right next to Martin Place. And although this is probably the least likely place for art, you will be surprised.

Dozens of bird cages have been installed in the narrow alley and form a canopy high above the heads of people walking the street. But no birds inhabit these cages. Instead they are part of an installation by artist Michael Hill to commemorate the Forgotten Songs of birds that once inhabited this area and have been pushed out by the evolving city. The voices of dozens of bird species can be heard here, as their songs are played as part of the art installation. Which bird songs you hear depends on the time of day you visit. At day you might hear Eastern Whipbirds, Fan-tailed Cuckoos or Spotted Pardalote while at night the calls of the Powerful Owl or the White-throated Nightjar echo in the deserted alley.

About meLiving Australia, living my dream

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My name is Gernot. You most like have never come across this name before, because it is rare even in Germany where I am originally from.

I have been to Australia for the first time in 2000 and immediately fell in love with this this country. The pleasant climate in Sydney, the unique combination of urban life and nature this city offers but especially the beautiful, warm colours of the land.

In 2010 I finally made this long standing dream come true. I left Germany and migrated as permanent resident to Sydney.

Between this first visit and relocating to Australia permanently has passed almost a decade and of course I have been back in between a number of times, travelling this country I now call home.

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