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  • Pacific Black Duck

    Pacific Black Duck.   Photographer: Con Boekel

  • South Polar Skua

    South Polar Skua.   Photographer: Mark Lethlean

  • Eastern Yellow Robin

    Eastern Yellow Robin.   Photographer: Richard Smart

  • Golden-headed Cisticola

    Golden-headed Cisticola.   Photographer: Harry Charalambous

  • Pacific Black Duck

    Pacific Black Duck.   Photographer: Con Boekel

Ornithology and science have been my first loves as far back as I can recall.  Studying birds from an early age lead to being inducted into the Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme (ABBBS) by the age of 14, studying many different groups of birds and training new banders over the last 51 years.  During this period, I was the President of The Australian Bird Study Association (ABSA), including Editor of the international ornithological journal – Corella.  These roles spanned a period of 25 years and I was privileged to be conferred an Honorary Life Member of ABSA.  Whilst residing in Adelaide during the 1980s I was Vice President of the South Australian Ornithologists Association (now Birds SA).  During the BOCA era, I was one of the terrestrial bird sub-editors for the journal Australian Field Ornithology.  In 2012, I joined BirdLife Photography, and in 2014 I became a committee member and Photo Competitions Coordinator; I now find myself the President of BirdLife Photography.

Photography has always been an appealing pursuit, growing to a full-time passion since the start of the digital photographic era.  My early photography in the film era was primarily capturing ‘bird-in-the-hand’ images for bander training and bird Identification presentations to various bird groups.  As the digital photographic era unfolded I embraced the new technology, spending a significant amount of time learning numerous post-processing software packages, understanding the algorithms that underpin their amazing computing power and developing various workflows.  I thoroughly enjoy teaching the ‘art and craft of bird photography’ and the post-processing workflows that are essential to stunning bird photography.  It was for these reasons I joined the BLP committee to work with a dedicated team to develop the array of initiatives that members enjoy today.  I also contribute to two camera clubs in the Blue Mountains, NSW.

My first camera was a Pentax SPII, after which I migrated to Nikon camera bodies and in the last two decades Nikon’s professional lenses have been added to my ‘camera-bag’.  Most recently, I have become a Nikon Professional Services (NPS) member.

As for my scientific career, I completed a PhD in 1982 studying nicotine-induced stress physiology at Macquarie University, followed by a short period of teaching at Sydney University.  In 1983, I was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Centre of Excellence for Gene Technology at the University of Adelaide, studying genes, genomes and the molecular biology of hair and skin, which subsequently led to a career with CSIRO and then Australian Wool Innovation.  My last role in science was as an Asia-Pacific Animal Genomics Manager for an international genomics company.

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