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  • Australian Shelduck

    Australian Shelduck.   Photographer: Rob Parker

  • Pacific Black Duck

    Pacific Black Duck.   Photographer: Stephen Garth

  • Eurasian Coot

    Eurasian Coot.   Photographer: Con Boekel

  • Pacific Black Duck

    Pacific Black Duck.   Photographer: Con Boekel

  • Pacific Black Duck

    Pacific Black Duck.   Photographer: Doug Castle

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

Yellow-rumped Mannikin (Image ID 31489)
Yellow-rumped Mannikin
Gary King
Viewed: 38
White-quilled Rock-Pigeon (Image ID 31486)
White-quilled Rock-Pigeon
Gary King
Viewed: 35
Golden Whistler (Image ID 31396)
Golden Whistler
Bill Harding
Viewed: 33
Wedge-tailed Eagle (Image ID 31394)
Wedge-tailed Eagle
David Newell
Viewed: 41
Brown Skua (Image ID 31274)
Brown Skua
William Betts
Viewed: 26
Striated Pardalote (Image ID 31267)
Striated Pardalote
Stephen Garth
Viewed: 57
Blue-winged Kookaburra (Image ID 31179)
Blue-winged Kookaburra
Robert Toneguzzo
Viewed: 59
Victoria's Riflebird (Image ID 31164)
Victoria's Riflebird
Bill Harding
Viewed: 76
White-browed Robin (Image ID 31161)
White-browed Robin
Bill Harding
Viewed: 68
Nankeen Kestrel (Image ID 31160)
Nankeen Kestrel
Joan Mitchell
Viewed: 70

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