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  • White-faced Heron (Image ID 20074)

    White-faced Heron.   Photographer: Chris Dubar

  • Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo (Image ID 19571)

    Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo.   Photographer: Chris Dubar

  • Chestnut Teal (Image ID 24072)

    Chestnut Teal.   Photographer: Doug Castle

  • Black Swan (Image ID 22770)

    Black Swan.   Photographer: Harry Charalambous

  • Southern Royal Albatross (Image ID 30611)

    Southern Royal Albatross.   Photographer: Mark Lethlean

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

Black-fronted Dotterel (Image ID 34915)
Black-fronted Dotterel
Simon Pelling
Viewed: 6
Welcome Swallow (Image ID 34906)
Welcome Swallow
Athena Georgiou
Viewed: 15
Slender-billed White-eye (Image ID 34901)
Slender-billed White-eye
Jill Wilson
Viewed: 5
Black Petrel (Image ID 34900)
Black Petrel
Ian Wilson
Viewed: 7
Spotted Quail-thrush (Image ID 34880)
Spotted Quail-thrush
Barry Deacon
Viewed: 28
Speckled Warbler (Image ID 34865)
Speckled Warbler
Barry Deacon
Viewed: 27
Black-necked Stork (Image ID 34830)
Black-necked Stork
Robert Toneguzzo
Viewed: 34
Australian White Ibis (Image ID 34809)
Australian White Ibis
Cherilyn Corker
Viewed: 32
Yellow-throated Scrubwren (Image ID 34797)
Yellow-throated Scrubwren
William Betts
Viewed: 26
Large-billed Scrubwren (Image ID 34795)
Large-billed Scrubwren
William Betts
Viewed: 26

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