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  • Grey Plover (Image ID 22862)

    Grey Plover.   Photographer: Rob Parker

  • Southern Boobook (Image ID 25534)

    Southern Boobook.   Photographer: Bill Harding

  • Little Black Cormorant (Image ID 33685)

    Little Black Cormorant.   Photographer: Con Boekel

  • Australian Ringneck (Image ID 26389)

    Australian Ringneck.   Photographer: Bill Harding

  • Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo (Image ID 28650)

    Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo.   Photographer: Emmy Silvius

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

Painted Honeyeater (Image ID 34532)
Painted Honeyeater
Wilson Lennard
Viewed: 14
Dusky Moorhen (Image ID 34530)
Dusky Moorhen
Con Boekel
Viewed: 10
Baird's Sandpiper (Image ID 34519)
Baird's Sandpiper
Chris Young
Viewed: 38
Red-throated Pipit (Image ID 34501)
Red-throated Pipit
Chris Young
Viewed: 52
Grey Teal (Image ID 34494)
Grey Teal
Con Boekel
Viewed: 27
Green Catbird (Image ID 34477)
Green Catbird
Bill Harding
Viewed: 46
Red-necked Stint (Image ID 34473)
Red-necked Stint
Ian Wilson
Viewed: 53
Tasmanian Native-hen (Image ID 34469)
Tasmanian Native-hen
Terence Alexander
Viewed: 44
Scarlet-chested Parrot (Image ID 34463)
Scarlet-chested Parrot
Chris Young
Viewed: 53
Pink Robin (Image ID 34454)
Pink Robin
Brett Roberts
Viewed: 78

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