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  • Rock Parrot

    Rock Parrot.   Photographer: Judy Leitch

  • Red-capped Robin

    Red-capped Robin.   Photographer: Emmy Silvius

  • Chestnut Teal

    Chestnut Teal.   Photographer: Ian Wilson

  • Australian Pelican

    Australian Pelican.   Photographer: Harry Charalambous

  • Dusky Moorhen

    Dusky Moorhen.   Photographer: Con Boekel

Rodney 300wideI am currently a Senior Research Fellow, working in the technology area for Orica, a company which I have been with in one guise or another for the past 24 years.  Prior to this I was a lecturer at the South Australian University Of Technology; so I have seen all sides of science and research from pure to applied.

I have always had a passion for photography and travel and have had many opportunities in my life to visit some amazing parts of the world, both here in Australia and abroad.  Landscape and nature photography have always been the main core of that interest and a few years ago I noticed that I was taking more photos of birds and decided that I should probably start learning some of the names, at least the common ones.  My kids bought me a copy of Simpson and Day and that was my downfall, as I started reading more about them and discovering how many species there really are.  I started running into more people with the same passion and started learning more.  I joined ebird and have been putting records in ever since.  An interest turned into a hobby and now a passion.  I still am not sure exactly why I enjoy bird photography so much.  I don't know if it is their beauty, how they made me (and still do) notice the environment more, to see everything change with the seasons, or just the thrill and anguish of trying to get that perfect shot of such a fleeting animal.  But it has come to the point where it was dominating my fine arts website and I have started to write a separate website to take people on our birding journey, to display our photography and hopefully help others along the way.  This passion has also been taken up by my wife and the two us spend many hours together enjoying all aspects of birding and photography (and maybe this in the future as well, why not, she took over my camera and my scotch, why not this?).

As indicated above, I am a newbie at the hobby.  I don't know all the names, I spend hours trying to identify new birds and often get it wrong, and I can probably tell you the calls of a handful of birds.  I learn through the help of many experienced birders who are happy to share that information and knowledge they have gained over the years.  Hopefully I will be in a position to be able to do so one day as well.  I don't know many people in the birding community or all the issues.  But I do know that if we are to be able to continue to teach younger generations then groups such as BirdLife Photography need to have active members and people who are willing to contribute their time to its success.

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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