In late June we launched the ‘New Era’. It was great to dive in and see what happened. Well those guys have indeed come up trumps with some marvelous posts and all round excellent feedback. So to complete the launch of the Birding Frontiers Team, here is part 2:
Let me introduce the rest of the Team…
Jochen D. is one of Germany’s leading lights and has recently moved to his all time dream location, the famed world’s first bird observatory: Helgoland in the North Sea, Andrea C. is a most passionate and knowledgeable Sicilian with a love for the frontiers: birds and places of the Mediterranean + N. Africa (great cook too!). Tony D. lives right in the middle of England, lovely geezer and a moth and butterfly mentor to me. Paul L. regularly inspires from his sorties to Gambell Island (when can I go?), with a well-earned reputation as a leading North American birder. Terry T. is a fellow Brit who lives (and writes very well) in an amazing learning zone for Eastern Palearctic birds. Yoav P. posts amazing photos, asks the right questions and drives a heap of a van in one of the most envied birding locations in the Western Palearctic.
Very Inspiring (and pioneering) people, ‘frontier places’ and many birding discoveries to come me thinks…
I started off birding as an annoying little boy in Hadoram Shirihai’s back seat. Later on I grew up and started finding my own birds. My professional career started as a surveyor, guide, ringer etc. I now work for the Israeli Ornithological Center as National Monitoring and Research coordinator. I have lots of office work but luckily I do lots of fieldwork myself, and I always keep the best atlas boxes to myself and give the rest of my team the remaining birdless boxes ; ). I am very keen on rarities and ID (even gulls!), and Israel is a great place for both. As a ringer I get to understand moult better: really helpful when identifying birds in the field. I have birded Asia and Africa intensively now married with 2 children. I keep my own blog which keeps me quite busy but I am sure I can contribute to this great team by adding insights from the SE corner of the WP.
“Born and raised in east Norfolk, a wonderful place for a birding apprenticeship, I developed a passion for birds from the age of 5. After a short-distance migration to London, where I paired up with a British diplomat, we stretched our wings to spend three years in Denmark. There I ran the Birding Copenhagen blog before a long-distance migration to China in 2010. I have a particular interest in the birds of China’s capital city and now run a blog called Birding Beijing. I enjoy travelling, discovering and learning in this vast and wonderfully bird-rich country. Through my contribution to Birding Frontiers, I hope to whet readers’ appetites about potential vagrants to Western Europe and raise awareness of conservation challenges whilst conveying a sense of the birding experience in China. When I am not birding or writing about birds, I am Policy Director for GLOBE International, working with parliaments to advance legislation on environmental and sustainable development issues.”
Paul Lehman currently lives in San Diego California, with previous lengthy stints in Cape May New Jersey, Santa Barbara California, and the New York City areas. His primary interests are in bird identification, distribution, vagrancy, and the effects weather has on bird migration.
He loves going to little-known and under-birded migrant and vagrant traps throughout North America and has pioneered much recent field work in autumn in western Alaska, particularly at the village of Gambell, where he has helped to discover nine ‘firsts’ for North America. His keen interest in geography and distribution, coupled with a perverse sickness known as ‘Total Tickies,’ in which he keeps active lists in every state and province in the U.S. and Canada, has propelled him in to almost every nook and cranny in the two countries, and at a wide variety of seasons. He also leads bird tours and has been the chief range-map maker for most of the current North American field guides.
I’m extremely thrilled to be offered an invitation to join the Birding Frontiers Team. I’ve been Birding since I was 8 years old and became seriously interested in Moths & Butterflies some 15 years ago. I run a website called Simplybirdsandmoths that offers a point of reference for the Moths of Derbyshire and the Butterflies of Britain. I became fascinated in moths and their incredible migration during many visits to the Isles of Scilly. I’ve also spent the last 3 or 4 years photographing our British butterflies. My other interests are photography, a nice drop of beer and playing my acoustic guitar. I’ve also been married to Helen, my wonderful wife, for 35 years. I am very much looking forward to shared learning and discoveries and hopefully help inspire others to enjoy the world of Birds, Moths & Butterflies.
When I was 6 my fathers used to bring me out in the nature. Thanks to my fantastic parents, I was studying birds but also dragonfly, reptiles and wildlife in general. Now I love to read novels, go for music concerts and visit museums but still 80% of my life is devoted to birds and zoology, either field trips, museum skins studies, researches and so on. I have published a lot, not always so good reading them again now but always a step to start and go further: this is for me what science should be – a never-ending learning process! I study raptors mostly, shorebirds and in general birds of the Mediterranean region, North Africa and the Middle East. What I love more is to go to the little paradise of Linosa Island, Sicily, with my best friends and members of the birding team “the MISC”. This is how life should be- simply perfect and peaceful!
A birder since childhood I have always loved my local patch. The local sugar-beet ponds, gave way the Wadden Sea but my real favourite is and has always been Helgoland. In March 2012 a dream became true when I became the technical director of the ringing station. Helgoland is probably the only place in Germany most birders in the world have heard of – be it for the tunnel traps, the spectacular bird migration or the vagrants. The exciting thing living there is that every day is different! And any day you can expect the unexpected: a vagrant from far away, a non-migratory bird from the mainland or just an odd-coloured or odd-calling bird. These birds actually make bird identification thrilling for me! I am also a biologist who has worked in various bird related projects. Although I traveled to many countries, my favourite destination remains the Russian Arctic.
and a reminder of the rest of the gang who started this:
Nils v. D. hardly needs an introduction as the author of the very popular Advanced Bird ID books. Sam J.is engaged in some of the most exciting ornithological work on the planet. Tristan R.has modeled an inspiring ’whatever it takes’ attitude to conservation by surrendering his (upper) body to become a living billboard for Turkey’s birdlife. Tormod A. is a guy who, together with his wife Elin, has a wonderfully holistic vision for the people and wildlife of Varanger in Arctic Norway. Chris G. has been pushing the boundaries of bird identification, particularly in regard to gulls and surpassed me some time ago. Roger R. one time warden of the famous ‘Fair Isle Bird Observatory’ is also one of Britain’s most prolific rare bird finders, and writes with great ‘pazazz’. Dani L-V. one of the most exciting young(er) birders I have come across (think Black-bellied Storm-petrel off Lanzarote, Sept. 2011).