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My interest in natural history, particularly birds, began as a child in Kent in the south-east of England and I was a proud member of the Young Ornithologist Club (YOC).
Much of my early birding took me to Elmley and Oare Marshes, Grove Ferry and Dungeness, one of my favourite sea watching sites.
The desire to find rare and new species to me took me further afield to Norfolk, the Scottish Highlands and Isles of Scilly.
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I've also been fortunate enough to witness and photograph wildlife in diverse locations across the world such as Poland, Sri Lanka, India, Australia and Spain to name but a few.
Home for me now is Rakiura National Park on Stewart Island, located south of New Zealand's South Island.
My work as a birdwatching and nature guide allows me to show other birders New Zealand's rare endemics. I guide on Ulva Island, the world-renowned open bird sanctuary, as well as pelagics around Stewart Island and kiwi spotting in the evenings. I also lead tours nationally across New Zealand.
In my spare time I have volunteered for the Department of Conservation; in 2009 for the Kakapo Recovery Programme on Codfish Island; in 2010 helping to tag Great White Sharks off Stewart Island; and most recently gathering data for the Southern New Zealand Dotterel project. For SIRCET (Stewart Island/Rakiura Community & Environment Trust) I carry out an annual forest bird call count, Blue Penguin survey and Kiwi/Morepork/Weka bird call counts, as well as banding Sooty Shearwaters in the past. In 2011 I became Chairman of the Ulva Island Charitable Trust.
I see myself as a birdwatcher first and photographer second; but I have been fortunate to have photographs published in books, magazines and websites both nationally and internationally. My photographs are available for purchase as framed prints at The Stewart Island Gift Shop.
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Equipment: early images were taken using Swarovski 80HD and Nikon Coolpix 450 (digi-scoping) and a few years later I upgraded to a digital SLR; Canon 30D with 100-400mm, 70-200mm & 18-50mm lenses.
Enjoy looking around my website but please don't copy, download or use my photos in any way unless you have my written permission to do so. Thanks.