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  • Crested Tern

    Crested Tern.   Photographer: Emmy Silvius

  • Green Oriole

    Green Oriole.   Photographer: Bill Harding

  • White-faced Heron, White-necked Heron

    White-faced Heron, White-necked Heron.   Photographer: Chris Dubar

  • Bar-tailed Godwit, Grey Plover

    Bar-tailed Godwit, Grey Plover.   Photographer: David Newell

  • Little Egret, Plumed Whistling-Duck

    Little Egret, Plumed Whistling-Duck.   Photographer: Richard Smart

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

White-fronted Honeyeater (Image ID 30942)
White-fronted Honeyeater
Sandy Castle
Viewed: 31
Red-browed Treecreeper (Image ID 30931)
Red-browed Treecreeper
Bryon Samuels
Viewed: 54
Hardhead (Image ID 30909)
Hardhead
Bryon Samuels
Viewed: 52
Black Swan (Image ID 30901)
Black Swan
Georgina Steytler
Viewed: 75
White-cheeked Honeyeater (Image ID 30892)
White-cheeked Honeyeater
Jennifer Carr
Viewed: 72
Gouldian Finch (Image ID 30881)
Gouldian Finch
Bill Harding
Viewed: 52
Scarlet Robin (Image ID 30879)
Scarlet Robin
Jill Wilson
Viewed: 62
Australasian Darter (Image ID 30862)
Australasian Darter
Glenn Pure
Viewed: 63
Pink-eared Duck (Image ID 30844)
Pink-eared Duck
Tim Van Leeuwen
Viewed: 109
Buff-banded Rail (Image ID 30837)
Buff-banded Rail
William Betts
Viewed: 85

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