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  • Eurasian Coot

    Eurasian Coot.   Photographer: Richard Smart

  • Blue-billed Duck

    Blue-billed Duck.   Photographer: Chris Dubar

  • Australasian Grebe

    Australasian Grebe.   Photographer: Mark Lethlean

  • Red-capped Plover

    Red-capped Plover.   Photographer: Emmy Silvius

  • Pacific Black Duck

    Pacific Black Duck.   Photographer: Con Boekel

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

Collared Sparrowhawk, Galah (Image ID 33681)
Collared Sparrowhawk, Galah
Con Boekel
Viewed: 30
Western Grasswren (Image ID 33658)
Western Grasswren
John Barkla
Viewed: 14
Great Frigatebird (Image ID 33648)
Great Frigatebird
William Betts
Viewed: 13
Christmas Island White-eye (Image ID 33639)
Christmas Island White-eye
John Barkla
Viewed: 5
Dusky Honeyeater (Image ID 33623)
Dusky Honeyeater
Ian Wilson
Viewed: 19
Brown Falcon (Image ID 33602)
Brown Falcon
Robert Toneguzzo
Viewed: 34
Dusky Woodswallow (Image ID 33583)
Dusky Woodswallow
Shane Walker
Viewed: 30
Diamond Dove (Image ID 33565)
Diamond Dove
Wilson Lennard
Viewed: 20
Fawn-breasted Bowerbird (Image ID 33523)
Fawn-breasted Bowerbird
Ian Wilson
Viewed: 47
Dusky Grasswren (Image ID 33510)
Dusky Grasswren
John Barkla
Viewed: 32

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