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  • Canada Goose

    Canada Goose.   Photographer: Con Boekel

  • Silver Gull

    Silver Gull.   Photographer: Emmy Silvius

  • Australian Reed-Warbler

    Australian Reed-Warbler.   Photographer: Bill Harding

  • Eastern Curlew

    Eastern Curlew.   Photographer: Peter Bennet

  • Chestnut-rumped Thornbill

    Chestnut-rumped Thornbill.   Photographer: Emmy Silvius

Mark 300wideI’m a retired engineer, keen bush walker and bird photographer.  Growing up in New Zealand and spending my youth in the bush and mountains I came to appreciate the few birds of that country.  On arriving in Western Australia in the 1970s, I found myself on Barrow Island amongst small wrens, ospreys and white-bellied sea eagles. My education in Australian birds had just begun.

Living in Perth my interest in backyard birds grew and when the Carnaby’s and Red-tailed Black-Cockatoos began to appear in the metropolitan area around ten years ago I soon found it was due to the destruction of their natural habitat by land clearing and other development activities under the approval of successive governments.

I have always enjoyed photography and bought a better camera and zoom lens four years ago, which soon showed me how much there is to learn and that a single lifetime may not be long enough.  I recently upgraded to the next model, with a vastly improved body and a fast prime telephoto, so with many good locations so close to home, including the backyard and local parks, there is never any doubt about how to spend spare time.  I’ve found that getting up early is now even more rewarding.

Membership of the BLP has given, and continues to give me great support in my photography through its regular competitions and membership network contacts.  I want to actively support the organisation and firmly believe that committee work is one way to do that.  The skills I bring are reliability, attention to detail, years of past industry committee membership and some photography proficiency as evidenced by my competition entries nationally, and in WA.

Recent Picks

Swamp Harrier (Image ID 30663)
Swamp Harrier
Tim Van Leeuwen
Viewed: 12
Rufous-crowned Emu-wren (Image ID 30644)
Rufous-crowned Emu-wren
Andrew Crouch
Viewed: 28
Tasmanian Native-hen (Image ID 30640)
Tasmanian Native-hen
David Newell
Viewed: 14
Royal Penguin (Image ID 30605)
Royal Penguin
Mark Lethlean
Viewed: 29
Chestnut-rumped Heathwren (Image ID 30599)
Chestnut-rumped Heathwren
Ken Black
Viewed: 42
Southern Boobook (Image ID 30598)
Southern Boobook
Warren Wilson
Viewed: 37
Chirruping Wedgebill (Image ID 30582)
Chirruping Wedgebill
Doug Castle
Viewed: 54
Light-mantled Sooty Albatross (Image ID 30576)
Light-mantled Sooty Albatross
Mark Lethlean
Viewed: 35
Pacific Gull (Image ID 30563)
Pacific Gull
David Newell
Viewed: 42
Soft-plumaged Petrel (Image ID 30553)
Soft-plumaged Petrel
William Betts
Viewed: 47

CONTACT US

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The Our People page, in the About Us section, contains email links to each of the committee members.