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Adrian Phillips is a leading travel writer and broadcaster, as well as Bradt's Managing Director. He is author of Bradt guides to Budapest and Hungary, and writes travel features for national newspapers/magazines (including National Geographic Traveller, The Telegraph, The Guardian, The Independent, The Express, and Wanderlust). In addition, he frequently...
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Aisling has been visiting Cape Verde for over a decade and their fi rst guide to the country was published in 1988. Aisling is a journalist and writer, specialising in the environment, the developing world and science. A former Daily Telegraph correspondent, she has won several prizes for her feature-writing...
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Alex Robinson is an award-winning travel writer and photographer who writes extensively about Portugal, Latin America and South East Asia in the UK and international press. He has been published by the Sunday Times, Telegraph, New York Times, National Geographic, Wanderlust, Sunday Times Travel Magazine, the Independent on Sunday, Condé...
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A fortunate childhood spent travelling to and from Africa and other destinations led to an incurable travel bug, which saw Alexander Stewart embark on a continued quest to see what else lay beyond his back door. He wrote his first guidebook more than a decade ago and has since produced...
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Alexandra Richards grew up in Dorset, where she developed a love of rural life, the natural world and outdoor pursuits. During her studies at the University of Durham she spent a year on Réunion Island in the Indian Ocean, teaching English, practising her French, getting to grips with Creole and...
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Alvin Nicholas travelled extensively before returning to his native South Wales. Between organising adventures for his young family and writing travel books, he can frequently be found managing moorland in the high hills, hacking his way through woods or mountain biking. He has a passion for wild places and is...
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Andrew Bostock was born in Kenya in 1972, but grew up in south London. An English degree at Oxford did nothing to prepare him for the real world, and he has pursued the typical ‘varied career’ of many writers. This has included teaching English in Greece, tour guiding, managing bookshops,...
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Andrew Evans is a travel writer and TV host who has reported from over 100 countries and all 7 continents. As National Geographic’s Digital Nomad, Andrew broadcast from arctic glaciers, the jungle, the middle of the ocean, and from inside King Tut’s tomb. He gained a worldwide following when he...
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Former Travel Editor and Deputy Editor of Attitude magazine, Andrew Fraser has had a love of the obscure, a love of bargains, and a love of travel since he was a strange eight year-old-boy locked in his bedroom obsessing over maps of Narnia-esque towns, cities and regions on the red...
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Andrew Roberts has lived and worked in Uganda since 1993. He has worked with Uganda Wildlife Authority on tourism and conservation projects in all ten of the country´s national parks. As the creator of the Uganda Maps series that shows the parks, reserves and other tourism sites, Andrew is constantly...
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Angela Bird has studied and worked in France, and has owned a home in the Vendée for almost 50 years. In 1995 she wrote her first guidebook to the area, which ran to four editions before transferring to the Bradt stable. Back home, she has worked for The Illustrated London...
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Jonathan and Angela Scott are multi-award-winning wildlife photographers who live in Kenya and think of the Masai Mara as their second home. They have been watching the Marsh Lions for nearly thirty-five years. They have both worked on the hugely popular TV series Big Cat Diary since its inception in...
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The late Annalisa Rellie was an experienced travel and food journalist. She was the author of Bradt's "Montenegro" and the co-author of "Turks and Caicos"
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Anne Kennedy is a communication consultant who operates in the more challenging end of Public Relations. Her previous tasks have included: communicating the details of Palestinian water issues, enticing tourists to northern Sierra Leone and explaining the history, current culture and politics of Ireland to French, Slovenian and American groups....
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Annelies Hickendorff set first foot in Gabon during an Africa Overland trip in 2006. In a 20-year-old Landcruiser she drove more than 25,000 km from her hometown in the Netherlands to reach South Africa. This journey gave her a passion for Africa in general and Central Africa in particular: the...
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Annie Kay first visited Bulgaria in 1974 and continues to be a regular visitor. She has been the Chairman of the British-Bulgarian Society since 2010 and received an award from the Bulgarian Ministry of Culture in 2013 for her contribution to popularizing Bulgarian culture in Britain. She writes for a...
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Anthony Lambert has been visiting Switzerland since childhood and has a deep affection for the country. He has written or contributed to half a dozen guide books and written 15 books about railways and travel. He has written about travel and railway journeys for such newspapers and magazines as The...
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Antony Mason has been writing about Belgium for some 20 years – a happy outcome of being married to a Belgian (a Walloon from Waterloo, as it happens). He is the “Brussels Expert” for the Daily Telegraph series of online city break guides and writes occasional articles for the Daily...
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Ariadne Van Zandbergen is a freelance wildlife and travel photographer specialised in Africa. Born and raised in Belgium she is now based in South Africa, from where she makes regular photographic trips all around the continent. Ariadne deals with all photographic queries personally, applying her specialised knowledge of Africa's wildlife,...
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Barry Walker was born near Manchester, England, and started bird watching at the age of 13. After first pursuing this interest all over Europe and the Middle East, he switched his attention to the Neotropics and has since gained extensive birding experience in Chile, Ecuador, Colombia, Brazil, Bolivia and –...
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Belinda Meggitt is an Australian physiotherapist and nutritionist who originally came to Bangladesh as an Australian Youth Ambassador for Development. While training local therapists in the art of easing disabilities, she discovered an extraordinary passion for photographing Bangladesh and the realities its people face. After spending a year volunteering in...
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Ben West has written on a wide variety of subjects for numerous newspapers and magazines including The Guardian, Th e Independent, the Daily Telegraph, The Times, the Daily Mail, Vogue, The Spectator and Reader’s Digest. Travel writing has taken him to more than 25 countries, including seven in Africa, and...
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Benedict le Vay is a national newspaper sub-editor who has worked in four continents but wrote his first book, Eccentric Britain, more or less by accident after collecting oddities about his home country. He says he was ‘staggered’ by the response, which included media attention from the Shetland Times to...
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Bob’s overland adventures began in an ancient (1949) Land Rover, which he drove from England to Kathmandu way back in 1974, before he even thought about settling down into a ‘proper job’ like writing guidebooks for Bradt! He subsequently worked as an overland driver, travelling extensively all over Asia, Africa...
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Brian Jackman is a freelance journalist and author with a lifelong passion for travel and wildlife. For 20 years he worked for The Sunday Times, during which time he was voted Travel Writer of the Year in 1982. Today his work appears mostly in The Daily Telegraph, and although his...
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Bridget Nurre Jennions is an Emmy Award-winning former network news producer who worked as a communications expert for international development projects in Kosovo from 2013 to early 2017. During that time, she crafted communications strategies and products on behalf of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and its...
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Carole French was first bitten by the travel bug as a child; one of her favourite activities was packing for family holidays, weeks in advance. In those days it was a beach holiday in the UK; now she travels the world as a freelance travel journalist and author in search...
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Caroline Mills has been a freelance travel writer/author writing for various UK magazines and guidebooks for over ten years and celebrates 25 years in publishing in 2016. Though not strictly a birthright citizen of the Cotswolds, she grew up in the area from a very early age and has lived...
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After travelling to India on leaving school, Catriona intended to make a life for herself in Asia until an injury forced her to return to the UK. A promise made at closing time in a Cambridge pub then took her to Mexico, where a chance meeting began her journey with...
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Chris McIntyre went to Africa in 1987, after reading physics at Queen’s College, Oxford. He taught with VSO in Zimbabwe for almost three years and travelled around extensively, mostly with a backpack. In 1990, he co-authored the UK’s first guidebook to Namibia and Botswana, published by Bradt, before spending three...
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Claire Antell has worked in tourism since 1986, firstly as a long-haul operator and UK representative before becoming the Executive Secretary of the Latin American Travel Association for 17 years with whom she is still closely affiliated. Along the way she has updated travel books, written articles for several travel...
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Claire is our Commissioning Editor. When she joined Bradt in February 2013, Claire brought with her more than twenty years’ experience editing travel guides, both in the UK and Australia. At her desk she gains enormous satisfaction from correcting hyphens and en-dashes; away from the office she spends her time...
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Colum is a relief worker. He worked for Médecins Sans Frontières and now works for the UK government’s Department for International Development, specialising in humanitarian aid to west Africa. Colum has lived in, and written about, a range of countries including Zambia and Angola. Th eir other joint book is...
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Dafila Scott is an artist and zoologist, member of the Society of Wildlife Artists and 'Scott of the Antarctic's' grand-daughter.
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Dan Powell has been a wildlife artist since graduating from Dyfed College of Art in Wales in 1983. He was honoured as British Birds Illustrator of the Year in 1996. His work has appeared in numerous books and journals, includingmany publications by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds,...
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Dana Facaros wrote her first travel guide to the Greek Islands in 1977, then married her college sweetheart Michael Pauls and dragged him into fray. They have been at it ever since, writing guides and apps and contributing to a number of UK publications, including the Sunday Times, Sunday Times...
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Daniel Austin is co-author of a number of books on Madagascar, namely Madagascar: The Bradt Travel Guide, Madagascar Highlights and Madagascar Wildlife: A Visitor's Guide. As a full-time Madagascar specialist, Daniel visits the country at least once a year to lead group tours, lecture on cruises, and carry out research....
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Daniel McLaughlin first went to Yemen to study Arabic, teach English, and explore the country. He returned for an extensive six months of travel as part of the research for this guide, and he had the time of his life. Having studied music, philosophy, and law, he now works as...
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Darren Flint’s background in tourism and environmental conservation has allowed him to enjoy a varied career across the UK, from promoting the beauty of the East of England with Bedfordshire Tourism, to numerous roles with the RSPB, via studying rare butterflies and leading walking tours. Today he lives in Dumfries...
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David Horwell, a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, is a tour operator, photographer and writer specialising in the Galápagos.
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David is a freelance travel writer whose work has appeared regularly in leading UK publications such as The Independent and Wanderlust and Food & Travel, international publications such as Marie Claire and Condé Nast Traveller, and many travel websites. He has updated guide books to Amsterdam and Cuba, and has...
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David Sayers is a horticulturist who studied at Kew and overseas, and has spent a lifetime exploring the world for plants. Abandoning gardening after 20 years and graduating in social sciences, he worked in social policy and corporate planning, at the same time using annual leave to lead adventure/botanical holidays...
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Born in Liverpool, Deirdre Holding moved to Scotland in 1963 and graduated with a degree in medicine from St Andrews University. It was at university that she met her husband, Nicholas, and they married in 1970. Among many shared interests was one in the communist world and they made their...
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Derek Cattani is an international award-winning photographer, whose career spans some four decades on assignment for many top magazines and Fleet Street newspapers including the Daily Mail and The Sunday Times. The highlight of his early career was meeting and photographing Christian, an amazing lion cub in London, and going...
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Derek Schuurman is a keen naturalist who spent eight years developing the Madagascar programme for the Johannesburg-based tour operator Unusual Destinations before moving in 2000 to the UK’s leading Madagascar specialist tour operator, Rainbow Tours. He wrote the Globetrotter Madagascar Travel Guide with Malagasy co-author Nivo Ravelojaona. He has also...
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DISCOVER OUR PURSUIT OF WHISKY PERFECTION There were a number of reasons behind the decision of Tommy and John Alexander Dewar to build their whisky distillery in the heart of Highland Perthshire, on the outskirts of the village of Aberfeldy. The presence of a superb natural water source in The...
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Diana Darke, an Oxford Arabist, has written 16 books on the Near and Middle East, acquiring a rich appreciation of the region, its people, their culture and preoccupations during the 30 years she has lived and worked there. She communicates this in her guides, which are recognised as the leaders...
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Donald Greig has worked or written for most of the major UK and international travel publishing companies in the UK and Australia and was for seven years managing director of Bradt Travel Guides before returning to his native Scotland. He continues to work with publishers and also to write travel...
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E T Laing has travelled to work abroad since the 1970s. His main work is in aid to developing countries and his specialisation is in the economics of ports and shipping.
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Dr Edward Denison is an Associate Professor at The Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL). He has worked on a variety of research and heritage projects in different global contexts, including Asia, Africa and Europe. In 2016 and 2017, he won the RIBA President’s Medal for Research for his work on...
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Edward Menard lives in the south of England. He left Winchester college in 2019 and started a business degree at UCL in 2020. In between he spent time on the Carretera Austral during a gap year, as well as in Bariloche (Argentina). He has worked in Vienna as a ticket...
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Elizabeth Gowing is co-founder of The Ideas Partnership NGO which works in Kosovo, using the power of volunteers to tackle education, environmental and cultural heritage challenges and to support the Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian community. Her translations of the biographies of Yugoslavia's longest-held political prisoner, Adem Demaci, and Albanian patriot,...
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American-born Emily Laurence Baker has lived in England for 22 years, dividing her time between London and the New Forest. Her articles on numerous topics have been published in The New York Times, the Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal Europe, The Washington Post, The Guardian, the Daily Telegraph, the...
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Emma Thomson is an award-winning travel writer for the UK national press. She has lived in Belgium for nearly a decade and writes about the country for a slew of international newspapers, magazines and publishers. When she’s not exploring the quirky corners of Belgium and trying to master Dutch, she’s...
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A travel publicist by profession, Erin Levi was initially introduced to Bhutan when she did a project for the Tourism Council of Bhutan in 2011. Her meetings and dealings with the Bhutanese Ambassador to the US, Mr Lhatu Wangchuk, the Bhutan Foundation, tour operators, as well as travellers and travel...
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Erin McCloskey has a degree in Conservation Biology from the University of Alberta, Canada, and has worked with several environmental and wildlife conservation organisations. She is also a travel writer, an editor, and author of several books and articles in the sciences, ecotourism, and natural history genres. Erin was born...
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Ethel Davies is a photographer and writer with a passion for history. She has travelled through much of the ancient Western and Eastern world, and has chronicled sites in pictures and text.
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Gail Simmons is a travel writer and lifelong nomad. She was born in Northumberland to an army family who, after periods living overseas, settled in the Chilterns. After completing an MA in medieval history Gail pursued a varied career that included working in a Cumbrian castle, protecting historic buildings and...
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Gail Warrander was a lawyer in the City of London and then for Reuters. On a commuter train she was drawn by an ad in The Economist and left ‘the big smoke’ to help with the EU funded economic reconstruction effort in Kosovo. After three years working on infrastructure and...
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Gehan de Silva Wijeyeratne has played a pivotal role in branding Sri Lanka for its wildlife. He has had over 15 books and over 330 articles published. In the words of widely travelled British TV wildlife celebrity Bill Oddie, no single individual has done so much to publicise a country...
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Gemma Hall (www.gemmahall.co.uk) is a freelance travel, nature and heritage writer from the North East who began her career in journalism in the early noughties writing for BBC publications and as a staff writer/deputy editor for the National Trust. Alongside writing and her professional photography work, she spent ten years...
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Geoff Hann, founder/director of the adventure companies Hann Overland and Hinterland Travel, is a veteran overland traveller and adventurer who has been visiting the Middle East and Asia since the 1960s. In the early years of the Asia overland expeditions boom during the 1970s he personally drove and led over...
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Gerard Gorman has lived in Hungary for 20 years. He divides his time between writing and guiding visitors on wildlife tours around the region.
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Gill Williams is a travel and natural history journalist with more than 30 years' experience. She runs greentravelguides.tv, an internet TV channel showing people how to travel without trashing the planet.
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Gillian Gloyer studied ancient languages at Wadham College, Oxford. After university and a couple of years back in Scotland, she began a professional career overseas, working in Spain, Chile, Belgium and Bosnia before finding herself, slightly by accident, in Albania. From 1998 to 2002, she directed a long-term training programme...
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Gordon McLachlan was born in Edinburgh. Following graduation from Edinburgh University, he worked for several years on the sales side of publishing, then assumed a full-time writing career in 1987. His many published books include guides to Germany, Berlin, Poland and Edinburgh, and it was his long professional association with...
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Gordon Rattray graduated in Botany from Glasgow University, but itchy feet led him from the lab to travel through Australia and New Zealand. Truck driving and a passion for adventure eventually brought him to Africa where he had the good fortune to explore more than 20 countries as an overland...
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Helen and Neil Matthews have lived in Prestwood, in south Buckinghamshire, since 1991. Helen is an academic manager at one of the UK’s largest universities, while Neil is a Chartered Marketer. Both hold PhDs in history; Helen’s thesis focused on the illegitimate children of medieval English nobility and gentry while...
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Helen Moat was born in Northern Ireland and spent her childhood travelling the length and breadth of the island in her Dad’s Morris Minor – or so it seemed: she still suffers from wanderlust. Helen studied German in England, living in Switzerland and Germany for extended periods. The author has...
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Henry Marr’s love affair with travel to the more unusual parts of Asia began at the age of 18, when he spent a month mountaineering in Kazakhstan. After a summer living in Tbilisi his next adventure culminated with him spending 2 years in Ulaanbaatar, where his next-door neighbour was Mongolia’s...
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For more than twenty five years, Her Royal Highness Princess Michael of Kent has pursued a successful career lecturing on historical topics. In her new book, A Cheetah's Tale, the Princess describes aspects of her own early life travelling in Africa and raising a cheetah cub. This unusual experience in...
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Hilary Bradt, with her former husband George, self-published her first guidebook in 1974 during an extended journey through South America, thus founding Bradt Travel Guides. A backpacking guide to Africa followed. For the first 25 years she combined writing guide books and running the company with leading adventure and natural...
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Hilary Smith MPhil, who took over the update of the third edition, is an independent lecturer and guide with wide-ranging interests focusing particularly on the cultural history of central Asia and the Indian subcontinent. She first visited Iran in 1976 and has been returning regularly ever since.
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Huw Lloyd currently lives in Manchester, England, and has been leading birdwatching tours throughout Peru since 2000. He was born in South Wales and began birding at the age of 11 with the local branch of the Young Ornithologists Club. His interest in tropical birds began when he participated in...