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  • Sharp-tailed Sandpiper

    Sharp-tailed Sandpiper.   Photographer: Andrew Browne

  • Black-browed Albatross

    Black-browed Albatross.   Photographer: Richard Smart

  • Variegated Fairy-wren

    Variegated Fairy-wren.   Photographer: Bill Harding

  • Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo

    Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo.   Photographer: Emmy Silvius

  • Little Corella

    Little Corella.   Photographer: Desmond Hokin

Simon PellingI was born and grew up in what is now Zimbabwe.  I attended university in Cape Town, South Africa for undergraduate and postgraduate studies, and came to Australia with my young family in 1981 to take up a PhD scholarship at the Australian National University, Canberra.  Upon completion of my PhD I joined the Australian (ie Commonwealth) Public Service, retiring at the beginning of 2017.

I have a MSc and PhD in inorganic chemistry, and was awarded the Public Service Medal in 2014.

I worked in the Australian Public Service from 1984 until the end of 2016.  During the 1980s and 1990s I worked in Departments dealing with science and technology policy, education policy and industry policy.  From 1996 I worked on a broad range of policies and programs in the Department of Communications (in its various iterations), dealing with communications issues, with a particular focus in the later part of my career in broadcasting and media policies.  

I live in Canberra.  I enjoy birdwatching and bird photography, and frequently travel back to Southern Africa to pursue these (our favourite destination is Namibia, which my wife and I have visited many times over the years).  I joined Birdlife Photography in 2017.

Recent Picks

Red-lored Whistler (Image ID 32351)
Red-lored Whistler
Ian Wilson
Viewed: 6
Intermediate Egret (Image ID 32345)
Intermediate Egret
Robert Toneguzzo
Viewed: 14
New Holland Honeyeater (Image ID 32333)
New Holland Honeyeater
Philip Karstadt
Viewed: 22
Brown-headed Honeyeater (Image ID 32310)
Brown-headed Honeyeater
Wilson Lennard
Viewed: 21
Australian Pied Oystercatcher (Image ID 32304)
Australian Pied Oystercatcher
Hayley Alexander
Viewed: 23
Ostrich (Image ID 32303)
Ostrich
Con Boekel
Viewed: 20
Little Lorikeet (Image ID 32294)
Little Lorikeet
Brian O'Leary
Viewed: 35
Northern Giant-Petrel (Image ID 32276)
Northern Giant-Petrel
Mark Lethlean
Viewed: 27
Australian Pied Oystercatcher (Image ID 32272)
Australian Pied Oystercatcher
Terence Alexander
Viewed: 21
Black Swan (Image ID 32252)
Black Swan
Tim Van Leeuwen
Viewed: 45

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