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  • Red-capped Plover (Image ID 32809)

    Red-capped Plover.   Photographer: Emmy Silvius

  • Painted Finch (Image ID 27741)

    Painted Finch.   Photographer: Mark Lethlean

  • Red-kneed Dotterel (Image ID 30273)

    Red-kneed Dotterel.   Photographer: Emmy Silvius

  • Shy Albatross (Image ID 26671)

    Shy Albatross.   Photographer: Richard Smart

  • Crimson Rosella (Image ID 25537)

    Crimson Rosella.   Photographer: Bill Harding

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

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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