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  • Pied Stilt, Pacific Black Duck

    Pied Stilt, Pacific Black Duck.   Photographer: Sandy Castle

  • Eurasian Coot

    Eurasian Coot.   Photographer: Richard Smart

  • Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

    Sulphur-crested Cockatoo.   Photographer: Emmy Silvius

  • Little Pied Cormorant

    Little Pied Cormorant.   Photographer: Ian Wilson

  • Gouldian Finch

    Gouldian Finch.   Photographer: Bill Harding

My wife Kerry (a great bird spotter) and I are originally from NSW but have resided in Hobart since 2001, where we are now retired.  My first degree is in Forest Science (ANU) and I also have a Master’s degree (by research) in Natural Resources (UNE).  The post-graduate degree had a wildlife management focus.  I have worked in forest management and forest research in NSW, Tasmania, New Zealand, Nepal (twice), Bhutan and Vietnam, and have published research in both national and international scientific journals and conference proceedings.  Up until a few ago I was chairman of the Forest Practices Advisory Council in Tasmania.  I was formerly a member of the Regent Honeyeater Recovery Team and the Wedge-tailed Eagle Recovery Team (Tas).  For the last ten years I have been involved in environmental audits of forest practices in Victoria.

My interest in birds has been lifelong, starting with keeping and breeding Australian finches as a boy through to assisting with bird surveys for environmental assessments and now that we have more time we are trying to see and photograph as many of Australia’s beautiful birds as possible.  Photography has been a growing passion, particularly over the last 5 years.  I do a lot of landscape photography on my travels chasing but not harassing birds.  In the last 12 month I have learnt the value of shooting in raw and I’m still working on mastering the post-processing software.

I am achievement motivated and bring to the committee strong planning and managerial skills and the desire to be part of a cohesive team.

Recent Picks

White-fronted Honeyeater (Image ID 30942)
White-fronted Honeyeater
Sandy Castle
Viewed: 2
Red-browed Treecreeper (Image ID 30931)
Red-browed Treecreeper
Bryon Samuels
Viewed: 39
Hardhead (Image ID 30909)
Hardhead
Bryon Samuels
Viewed: 46
Black Swan (Image ID 30901)
Black Swan
Georgina Steytler
Viewed: 66
White-cheeked Honeyeater (Image ID 30892)
White-cheeked Honeyeater
Jennifer Carr
Viewed: 65
Gouldian Finch (Image ID 30881)
Gouldian Finch
Bill Harding
Viewed: 48
Scarlet Robin (Image ID 30879)
Scarlet Robin
Jill Wilson
Viewed: 58
Australasian Darter (Image ID 30862)
Australasian Darter
Glenn Pure
Viewed: 59
Pink-eared Duck (Image ID 30844)
Pink-eared Duck
Tim Van Leeuwen
Viewed: 97
Buff-banded Rail (Image ID 30837)
Buff-banded Rail
William Betts
Viewed: 74

CONTACT US

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The Our People page, in the About Us section, contains email links to each of the committee members.