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  • Great Egret

    Great Egret.   Photographer: William Betts

  • White-fronted Honeyeater

    White-fronted Honeyeater.   Photographer: Murray Chambers

  • White-faced Heron

    White-faced Heron.   Photographer: Chris Dubar

  • Australian Shelduck

    Australian Shelduck.   Photographer: Rob Parker

  • Beach Stone-curlew

    Beach Stone-curlew.   Photographer: Glenn Pure

Rodney 300wideI am currently a Senior Research Fellow, working in the technology area for Orica, a company which I have been with in one guise or another for the past 24 years.  Prior to this I was a lecturer at the South Australian University Of Technology; so I have seen all sides of science and research from pure to applied.

I have always had a passion for photography and travel and have had many opportunities in my life to visit some amazing parts of the world, both here in Australia and abroad.  Landscape and nature photography have always been the main core of that interest and a few years ago I noticed that I was taking more photos of birds and decided that I should probably start learning some of the names, at least the common ones.  My kids bought me a copy of Simpson and Day and that was my downfall, as I started reading more about them and discovering how many species there really are.  I started running into more people with the same passion and started learning more.  I joined ebird and have been putting records in ever since.  An interest turned into a hobby and now a passion.  I still am not sure exactly why I enjoy bird photography so much.  I don't know if it is their beauty, how they made me (and still do) notice the environment more, to see everything change with the seasons, or just the thrill and anguish of trying to get that perfect shot of such a fleeting animal.  But it has come to the point where it was dominating my fine arts website and I have started to write a separate website to take people on our birding journey, to display our photography and hopefully help others along the way.  This passion has also been taken up by my wife and the two us spend many hours together enjoying all aspects of birding and photography (and maybe this in the future as well, why not, she took over my camera and my scotch, why not this?).

As indicated above, I am a newbie at the hobby.  I don't know all the names, I spend hours trying to identify new birds and often get it wrong, and I can probably tell you the calls of a handful of birds.  I learn through the help of many experienced birders who are happy to share that information and knowledge they have gained over the years.  Hopefully I will be in a position to be able to do so one day as well.  I don't know many people in the birding community or all the issues.  But I do know that if we are to be able to continue to teach younger generations then groups such as BirdLife Photography need to have active members and people who are willing to contribute their time to its success.

Recent Picks

Tawny-crowned Honeyeater (Image ID 29982)
Tawny-crowned Honeyeater
David Newell
Viewed: 33
Fork-tailed Swift (Image ID 29981)
Fork-tailed Swift
Andrew Crouch
Viewed: 24
Antarctic Petrel (Image ID 29963)
Antarctic Petrel
Mark Lethlean
Viewed: 33
Great-billed Heron (Image ID 29951)
Great-billed Heron
Murray Chambers
Viewed: 57
Grey-tailed Tattler (Image ID 29943)
Grey-tailed Tattler
Gary Dunnett
Viewed: 36
Campbell Albatross (Image ID 29932)
Campbell Albatross
Mark Lethlean
Viewed: 35
Buller's Albatross (Image ID 29931)
Buller's Albatross
Mark Lethlean
Viewed: 53
White-bellied Storm-Petrel (Image ID 29910)
White-bellied Storm-Petrel
Doug Castle
Viewed: 39
White Tern (Image ID 29920)
White Tern
Annette Sibson
Viewed: 80
Whistling Kite (Image ID 29904)
Whistling Kite
Bill Harding
Viewed: 48


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