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  • Eurasian Coot (Image ID 19669)

    Eurasian Coot.   Photographer: Richard Smart

  • Nankeen Kestrel (Image ID 18888)

    Nankeen Kestrel.   Photographer: Barbara Oehring

  • Grey Plover (Image ID 22862)

    Grey Plover.   Photographer: Rob Parker

  • Australian Reed-Warbler (Image ID 35259)

    Australian Reed-Warbler.   Photographer: Linda Unwin

  • Splendid Fairy-wren (Image ID 28340)

    Splendid Fairy-wren.   Photographer: Emmy Silvius

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

Grey Shrike-thrush (Image ID 35396)
Grey Shrike-thrush
Warren Wilson
Viewed: 26
Tahiti Petrel (Image ID 35375)
Tahiti Petrel
Rodney Appleby
Viewed: 15
Kermadec Petrel (Image ID 35325)
Kermadec Petrel
Ian Wilson
Viewed: 25
Lord Howe Woodhen (Image ID 35285)
Lord Howe Woodhen
Jill Wilson
Viewed: 16
Hardhead (Image ID 35283)
Hardhead
Les George
Viewed: 32
Chinstrap Penguin (Image ID 35267)
Chinstrap Penguin
Glenn Pure
Viewed: 11
Southern Cassowary (Image ID 35276)
Southern Cassowary
Gregory Cowle
Viewed: 33
White Tern (Image ID 35225)
White Tern
Jill Wilson
Viewed: 29
Red-tailed Tropicbird (Image ID 35224)
Red-tailed Tropicbird
Ian Wilson
Viewed: 38
Wilson's Storm-Petrel (Image ID 35218)
Wilson's Storm-Petrel
Glenn Pure
Viewed: 25

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