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  • Australian Wood Duck (Image ID 21121)

    Australian Wood Duck.   Photographer: Con Boekel

  • Musk Lorikeet (Image ID 34716)

    Musk Lorikeet.   Photographer: Linda Unwin

  • Australian Magpie (Image ID 20624)

    Australian Magpie.   Photographer: Glenn Pure

  • Osprey (Image ID 18892)

    Osprey.   Photographer: Rob Parker

  • Red-kneed Dotterel (Image ID 30006)

    Red-kneed Dotterel.   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

Red-tailed Tropicbird (Image ID 36090)
Red-tailed Tropicbird
Ian Wilson
Viewed: 22
Cockatiel (Image ID 36045)
Cockatiel
Tim Van Leeuwen
Viewed: 50
Red-necked Avocet (Image ID 36042)
Red-necked Avocet
Tim Van Leeuwen
Viewed: 49
White Tern (Image ID 36013)
White Tern
Ian Wilson
Viewed: 38
Red-tailed Tropicbird (Image ID 35977)
Red-tailed Tropicbird
Glenn Pure
Viewed: 38
White-plumed Honeyeater (Image ID 35938)
White-plumed Honeyeater
Lindsay Hansch
Viewed: 42
Providence Petrel (Image ID 35922)
Providence Petrel
Glenn Pure
Viewed: 35
Pacific Golden Plover (Image ID 35900)
Pacific Golden Plover
Ian Wilson
Viewed: 69
Singing Honeyeater (Image ID 35898)
Singing Honeyeater
Stephen Garth
Viewed: 70
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater (Image ID 35856)
Spiny-cheeked Honeyeater
Linda Unwin
Viewed: 85

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