For a number of years I presented a range of illustrated talks to local bird clubs, RSPB members groups and other organisations interested in bird related talks. These were all presented using traditional slides. I have now accumulated enough digital images to be able to offer illustrated talks using more up to date technology. Brief summaries of the talks I currently offer are detailed below. So please do contact me (see contact page for details) if you or your group would be interested in me presenting a talk to your group.
India - From the snow-capped peaks of the high Himalaya, along fast flowing rock-strewn rivers and streams that tumble amongst rolling forested hills to reach bird-filled wetlands, India has a fantastic wealth and diverse range of wildlife and places to watch it. As a regular traveller to the Indian subcontinent I have travelled throughout most of India and spent many months watching wildlife in the country. I offer a range of talks about the plentiful birds and other wildlife that this fascinating country is home to.
Winter birding in China - With some amazing concentrations of wintering wildfowl including rare species such as Swan Goose and Scaly-sided Merganser, six species of crane, a wide variety of mouth-watering buntings and other passerines that are sought-after vagrants in Western Europe, endemic species such as the impressive Reed Parrotbill and of course a small population of wintering Spoon-billed Sandpipers south-east China has much to offer the visiting birder during the winter months. This talk aims to give the audience a flavour of the fabulous birding on offer in this fast-changing country.
Birding in the Scarborough Area - Scarborough, the nearby coastline and the North York Moors National Park offers some excellent year-round birding. There are some thriving populations of farmland birds and the most regular wintering flock of Mediterranean Gulls in Yorkshire. A range of breeding birds includes such exciting species as Goshawk, Honey Buzzard, Peregrine and a range of seabirds. And of course, there are often great opportunities for observing the spectacle of migration including the regular appearance of scarce and rare migrants. This talk provides an insight to the birding opportunities available in this sometimes neglected part of the northern England.