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  • Yellow-throated Miner

    Yellow-throated Miner.   Photographer: Gunther Frensch

  • Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater

    Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater.   Photographer: Sandy Castle

  • Welcome Swallow

    Welcome Swallow.   Photographer: Rob Parker

  • Singing Honeyeater

    Singing Honeyeater.   Photographer: Sandy Castle

  • Crested Tern

    Crested Tern.   Photographer: Doug Castle

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

Crescent Honeyeater (Image ID 31596)
Crescent Honeyeater
Simon Pelling
Viewed: 2
Yellow-rumped Mannikin (Image ID 31489)
Yellow-rumped Mannikin
Gary King
Viewed: 42
White-quilled Rock-Pigeon (Image ID 31486)
White-quilled Rock-Pigeon
Gary King
Viewed: 39
Golden Whistler (Image ID 31396)
Golden Whistler
Bill Harding
Viewed: 40
Wedge-tailed Eagle (Image ID 31394)
Wedge-tailed Eagle
David Newell
Viewed: 44
Brown Skua (Image ID 31274)
Brown Skua
William Betts
Viewed: 29
Striated Pardalote (Image ID 31267)
Striated Pardalote
Stephen Garth
Viewed: 60
Blue-winged Kookaburra (Image ID 31179)
Blue-winged Kookaburra
Robert Toneguzzo
Viewed: 64
Victoria's Riflebird (Image ID 31164)
Victoria's Riflebird
Bill Harding
Viewed: 79
White-browed Robin (Image ID 31161)
White-browed Robin
Bill Harding
Viewed: 70

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