David Parer is an award-winning Australian natural history film maker.
Parer was conscripted into the Australian Army to go to the Vietnam War in 1970, but he entered a Masters program to study physics in the Antarctic. Parer spent the summers of 1970 and 1972 in Antarctica studying cosmic rays. While there he filmed his first documentary. He met his wife and fellow film maker, Elizabeth Parer-Cook, in 1977.
He has been awarded the AFI award for the best cinematography for a non-feature film four times, for :
- Edge of the Cold, 1978
- Bird of the Thunder Woman, 1980
- Dragons of Galapagos, 1998
- Island of the Vampire Birds, 1999