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  • Grey Plover (Image ID 22862)

    Grey Plover.   Photographer: Rob Parker

  • Crimson Chat (Image ID 28121)

    Crimson Chat.   Photographer: Emmy Silvius

  • Black-tailed Godwit, Lesser Crested Tern, Silver Gull (Image ID 27761)

    Black-tailed Godwit, Lesser Crested Tern, Silver Gull.   Photographer: Sandy Castle

  • Striated Pardalote (Image ID 27187)

    Striated Pardalote.   Photographer: Emmy Silvius

  • Rainbow Bee-eater (Image ID 23088)

    Rainbow Bee-eater.   Photographer: Harry Charalambous

Rob Parker

I started my birding back in the 1970s as a "holiday bird watcher", often around the Gippsland Lakes or the NSW south coast.  No bird photography then, only the occasional holiday shots with a Pentax Me 35mm film camera.  It wasn't until digital SLR cameras became available that I ventured into bird photography, starting with a Canon EOS 350D and Canon 75-300mm lens around 2004.  In November 2006, I attended a BOCA weekend photography course organised by Bob Young, at Little Desert - and then I was hooked.  Soon after came a 150-500mm Sigma lens.  In 2008 I was one of the foundation members of PhotoBOCA (which became BirdLife Photography in 2012), and I became a committee member in May 2010; I have remained a committee member since then.  And my gear these days is a Canon 7D MkII, Canon 100-400mm MkII lens, and 1.4x MkIII teleconvertor.

Most of my professional career was as a chemist, in Weapons Systems Division of the Defence Science & Technology Organisation; I retired as a Senior Research Scientist in 1998.  Subsequently, I spent a number of years developing MS Access database applications as a contractor to DSTO.  These days I'm mainly occupied with running the BLP website and editing our Newsletter - but I do manage to get in some bird photography, and also an annual overseas trip, some exotic (Antarctica, South America, Svalbard and still on the bucket-list, the Galapagos), and some simply touristing.

Recent Picks

Grey Shrike-thrush (Image ID 35396)
Grey Shrike-thrush
Warren Wilson
Viewed: 16
Tahiti Petrel (Image ID 35375)
Tahiti Petrel
Rodney Appleby
Viewed: 12
Kermadec Petrel (Image ID 35325)
Kermadec Petrel
Ian Wilson
Viewed: 25
Lord Howe Woodhen (Image ID 35285)
Lord Howe Woodhen
Jill Wilson
Viewed: 14
Hardhead (Image ID 35283)
Hardhead
Les George
Viewed: 29
Chinstrap Penguin (Image ID 35267)
Chinstrap Penguin
Glenn Pure
Viewed: 10
Southern Cassowary (Image ID 35276)
Southern Cassowary
Gregory Cowle
Viewed: 31
White Tern (Image ID 35225)
White Tern
Jill Wilson
Viewed: 28
Red-tailed Tropicbird (Image ID 35224)
Red-tailed Tropicbird
Ian Wilson
Viewed: 36
Wilson's Storm-Petrel (Image ID 35218)
Wilson's Storm-Petrel
Glenn Pure
Viewed: 25

CONTACT US

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