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  • Golden-headed Cisticola

    Golden-headed Cisticola.   Photographer: Harry Charalambous

  • Gouldian Finch

    Gouldian Finch.   Photographer: Bill Harding

  • Variegated Fairy-wren

    Variegated Fairy-wren.   Photographer: Bill Harding

  • Red-kneed Dotterel

    Red-kneed Dotterel.   Photographer: Emmy Silvius

  • Spotted Pardalote

    Spotted Pardalote.   Photographer: Chris Dubar

Rob Parker

I started my birding back in the 1970s as a "holiday bird watcher", often around the Gippsland Lakes or the NSW south coast.  No bird photography then, only the occasional holiday shots with a Pentax Me 35mm film camera.  It wasn't until digital SLR cameras became available that I ventured into bird photography, starting with a Canon EOS 350D and Canon 75-300mm lens around 2004.  In November 2006, I attended a BOCA weekend photography course organised by Bob Young, at Little Desert - and then I was hooked.  Soon after came a 150-500mm Sigma lens.  In 2008 I was one of the foundation members of PhotoBOCA (which became BirdLife Photography in 2012), and I became a committee member in May 2010; I have remained a committee member since then.  And my gear these days is a Canon 7D MkII, Canon 100-400mm MkII lens, and 1.4x MkIII teleconvertor.

Most of my professional career was as a chemist, in Weapons Systems Division of the Defence Science & Technology Organisation; I retired as a Senior Research Scientist in 1998.  Subsequently, I spent a number of years developing MS Access database applications as a contractor to DSTO.  These days I'm mainly occupied with running the BLP website and editing our Newsletter - but I do manage to get in some bird photography, and also an annual overseas trip, some exotic (Antarctica, South America, Svalbard and still on the bucket-list, the Galapagos), and some simply touristing.

Recent Picks

Hardhead (Image ID 30909)
Hardhead
Bryon Samuels
Viewed: 20
Black Swan (Image ID 30901)
Black Swan
Georgina Steytler
Viewed: 41
White-cheeked Honeyeater (Image ID 30892)
White-cheeked Honeyeater
Jennifer Carr
Viewed: 49
Gouldian Finch (Image ID 30881)
Gouldian Finch
Bill Harding
Viewed: 30
Scarlet Robin (Image ID 30879)
Scarlet Robin
Jill Wilson
Viewed: 44
Australasian Darter (Image ID 30862)
Australasian Darter
Glenn Pure
Viewed: 42
Pink-eared Duck (Image ID 30844)
Pink-eared Duck
Tim Van Leeuwen
Viewed: 81
Buff-banded Rail (Image ID 30837)
Buff-banded Rail
William Betts
Viewed: 62
Swamp Harrier (Image ID 30817)
Swamp Harrier
Tim Van Leeuwen
Viewed: 76
Black-shouldered Kite (Image ID 30812)
Black-shouldered Kite
Tim Van Leeuwen
Viewed: 73

CONTACT US

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