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We're a group of birding friends from Britain and America who decided to team up on an international birding website. Bringing the best in birding from both sides of the Atlantic and further afield onto one website, we hope to have created something unique.

We'd love to hear from you if you have any thoughts, feedback or suggestions, or wish to get involved in some way yourself. You can e-mail any one us at our addresses below.

MARTIN BIRCH

Based in London, Martin has, literally, birded the world with experience from dozens of field trips across Africa, Asia and the Americas. "Having worked with an international development agency my job took me to some of the best birding locations on the planet. When I am not overseas look out for the surfbirds baseball cap on the South Coast."

Martin is using kit kindly provided by Carl Zeiss Sports Optics

Carl Zeiss

BRIAN J SMALL

My interest in birds has almost become an all-consuming passion. I have illustrated (and in some cases authored) a number papers on bird identification, including Red-footed Falcon, Cyprus Pied Wheatear, Spectacled Warbler and Ortolan/Cretzschmar’s Buntings. My work has also appeared in ‘A Field Guide to the Birds of the Middle East’, A Guide to the Reed and Bush Warblers of the World, A Field Guide to the Birds of North-east Africa and The ‘Concise Birds of the Western Palearctic’.

BrianJSmall AT aol.com

ANDY BIRCH

I live in Los Angeles, California where I work for a film studio. My love of birds and bird illustration grew in my early teens when my first illustrations were published in British Birds. Since then, I have gone on to provide illustrations for a Field Guide to the Birds of the Middle East and Rare Birds of Britain and Ireland.

I also have illustrated a number of identification articles including Pacific/Arctic Loon identification, Baltimore/Bullock Oriole identification and Grey headed Gull for both American and European magazines such as; Birding, British Birds, Birdwatching, Birdwatch, Birding World and Dutch Birding.

surfbirds AT surfbirds.com


CIN-TY LEE

Cin-Ty is a Phd student in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University. His fieldwork is based in Tanzania, South Africa, and southwestern U.S.

He began birding in southern California at the age of ten, and now spends his spare time writing bird articles and painting birds. He is rapidly becoming a familiar name on the American birding scene having recently published articles on ornithological topics as diverse as bird-finding in Taiwan and southern California, identification of Arctic/Pacific Loons and immature Bullock's/Baltimore Orioles, and local range expansions of breeding Barn Swallows in southern California.

His illustrations have appeared in Birding magazine and Western Birds.

ctlee AT rice.edu

GRAHAM ETHERINGTON

I am currently a PhD student studying in the field of Computational Molecular Biology at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England. Apart from the PhD, my life is taken up by birding, playing football, watching football (Stoke City and England), and Snowboarding.

I started off life in the Royal Air Force, in which I completed 12 years service, moving on to University as a ‘mature’ student in 1995 (I use the term ‘mature’ very loosely!). Tours in the RAF took me to much of Europe, Newfoundland, Nevada, Belize, The Falkland Islands, Ascension Islands, Cyprus, Hong Kong, and Brunei, and I’ve also spent time birding in Romania, Morocco, Kenya, Israel, India, China, and particularly North America, where I have birded in 22 US States and 7 Canadian Provinces. Student life did not stop me from travelling, being selected to spend a year of my degree at the University of California, Berkeley.

As well as being interested in both the aesthetic appeal of birding and identification, I am also interested in the evolution and phylogeographics of birds, being particularly interested in how the Atlantic Ocean has influenced the evolution of Nearctic and Palearctic birds. I use much of my experience in this field writing for various journals such as Birding World, Birders Journal, and Ibis.

Favourite bird: Siberian Rubythroat
Favourite bird’s name: Fluffy-backed Tit-Babbler!
By the way, in the photo, I’m the one on the left!

etherington AT hotmail.com