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Phil Gregory

Phil has been interested in birds since the demise of the steam trains when he was about 11. Born in Southampton, England he first came to Australia in 1977, but got side-tracked, and spent the next twenty years living and birding in Nigeria, Zambia, the Falkland Islands and Papua New …

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Jun Matsui

With a lifetime interest in wildlife in general Jun started bird guiding in 1993 when he worked as a volunteer ranger at the Hikarigaoka nature park in Tokyo, Japan. After working for the Japanese Environment Agency where he collected and managed data and at several reserves where he was involved …

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Ben Blewitt

Ben has been interested in natural history from an early age. After completing a degree in Applied Science specialising in wildlife biology he moved to north Queensland and worked as a field biologist with CSIRO researching the Northern Bettong and other mammals. He also worked as a consultant ecologist on …

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Roger Jaensch

As a boy Roger learnt about birds and their nests and explored wetlands around the family orchard on the Murray River and Lower Lakes in South Australia. His tall height was already an advantage in these pursuits! With encouragement from parents and other adult mentors, he developed a lifelong interest …

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Kelvin Marshall

Home for Kelvin Marshall is North Queensland, Australia where he is employed as a full-time interpretive driver/guide with a strong focus on nature based touring.  He considers himself to be a perfectionist and is extremely passionate about his subject matter especially in relation to the preservation and protection of wildlife …

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Arco Huang

Taiwan local guide and worldwide birding tour leader, Arco Huang has had a lifetime interest in nature and wildlife in general. Arco started nature guiding in 1996. Years of mountain and nature guiding have given him an intimate knowledge of Taiwan’s richest habitats. In 2010, he eventually took a job as …

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Avijit Sarkhel (Avi)

Avi was born in eastern India in Kolkata but soon after he moved to the beautiful state of Meghalaya in the eastern Himalayas for four years. His interest in nature and all things natural was ingrained in his mind in this time. Meghalaya, with pristine forests and beautiful scenics was …

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Brain Coates

Brian has been a keen birder since childhood in the U.K. Before migrating to Australia in 1964 he trained in the U.K. as a Construction Engineer. In Australia he worked first in Griffith, New South Wales and then in Omeo, Victoria before moving to Papua New Guinea in 1969, where …

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Guy Dutson

Guy Dutson is a world authority on Pacific birds and has led many tours to the region. He established and ran the BirdLife International Pacific programme from 2000-2005, being based in the U.K. and Fiji. Working for BirdLife and as a tour leader enabled him to visit most of the …

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