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  • Eastern Rosella

    Eastern Rosella.   Photographer: Richard Smart

  • Australian King-Parrot

    Australian King-Parrot.   Photographer: Con Boekel

  • Hooded Plover

    Hooded Plover.   Photographer: Emmy Silvius

  • Black Swan

    Black Swan.   Photographer: Con Boekel

  • Jacky Winter

    Jacky Winter.   Photographer: Harry Charalambous

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

Eungella Honeyeater (Image ID 33143)
Eungella Honeyeater
Barry Deacon
Viewed: 6
Banded Lapwing (Image ID 33129)
Banded Lapwing
Linda Unwin
Viewed: 26
Brown Booby (Image ID 33127)
Brown Booby
Ian Wilson
Viewed: 30
Australian Pelican (Image ID 33103)
Australian Pelican
Linda Unwin
Viewed: 34
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (Image ID 33090)
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
Terence Alexander
Viewed: 19
Dusky Honeyeater (Image ID 33016)
Dusky Honeyeater
Warren Wilson
Viewed: 38
Brown Booby (Image ID 33000)
Brown Booby
Jill Wilson
Viewed: 37
Buff-breasted Paradise-Kingfisher (Image ID 32996)
Buff-breasted Paradise-Kingfisher
Warren Wilson
Viewed: 53
Common Noddy, Silver Gull (Image ID 32967)
Common Noddy, Silver Gull
Ian Wilson
Viewed: 42
Broad-billed Flycatcher (Image ID 32961)
Broad-billed Flycatcher
Robert Toneguzzo
Viewed: 35

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