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  • Pacific Black Duck

    Pacific Black Duck.   Photographer: Con Boekel

  • Banded Stilt

    Banded Stilt.   Photographer: Doug Castle

  • Black-faced Cormorant

    Black-faced Cormorant.   Photographer: Jill Wilson

  • Australasian Grebe

    Australasian Grebe.   Photographer: Adam Higgins

  • Canada Goose

    Canada Goose.   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

Dusky Honeyeater (Image ID 33623)
Dusky Honeyeater
Ian Wilson
Viewed: 10
Brown Falcon (Image ID 33602)
Brown Falcon
Robert Toneguzzo
Viewed: 23
Dusky Woodswallow (Image ID 33583)
Dusky Woodswallow
Shane Walker
Viewed: 21
Diamond Dove (Image ID 33565)
Diamond Dove
Wilson Lennard
Viewed: 10
Fawn-breasted Bowerbird (Image ID 33523)
Fawn-breasted Bowerbird
Ian Wilson
Viewed: 42
Dusky Grasswren (Image ID 33510)
Dusky Grasswren
John Barkla
Viewed: 27
Buff-rumped Thornbill (Image ID 33506)
Buff-rumped Thornbill
John Eley
Viewed: 16
Magnificent Riflebird (Image ID 33468)
Magnificent Riflebird
Ian Wilson
Viewed: 43
Fawn-breasted Bowerbird (Image ID 33442)
Fawn-breasted Bowerbird
Jill Wilson
Viewed: 32
Isabelline Wheatear (Image ID 33431)
Isabelline Wheatear
John Barkla
Viewed: 40

CONTACT US

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