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  • Pacific Black Duck

    Pacific Black Duck.   Photographer: Con Boekel

  • Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater

    Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater.   Photographer: Doug Castle

  • Striated Pardalote

    Striated Pardalote.   Photographer: Emmy Silvius

  • Common Starling

    Common Starling.   Photographer: Con Boekel

  • Eurasian Coot

    Eurasian Coot.   Photographer: Con Boekel

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

Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove (Image ID 32704)
Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove
Deanne Gaskill
Viewed: 33
Australian Spotted Crake (Image ID 32691)
Australian Spotted Crake
Tim Van Leeuwen
Viewed: 35
Yellow Thornbill (Image ID 32666)
Yellow Thornbill
Bill Harding
Viewed: 41
Southern Scrub-robin (Image ID 32644)
Southern Scrub-robin
William Betts
Viewed: 33
Pectoral Sandpiper (Image ID 32643)
Pectoral Sandpiper
Catherine Noone
Viewed: 39
Bar-tailed Godwit (Image ID 32627)
Bar-tailed Godwit
Tim Van Leeuwen
Viewed: 47
Tawny Frogmouth (Image ID 32604)
Tawny Frogmouth
Keith Fisher
Viewed: 31
Mangrove Robin (Image ID 32603)
Mangrove Robin
Chris Dubar
Viewed: 32
Glossy Ibis (Image ID 32519)
Glossy Ibis
Robert Toneguzzo
Viewed: 43
Australasian Gannet (Image ID 32507)
Australasian Gannet
David Newell
Viewed: 32

CONTACT US

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