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David James

David James is an Australian birder and ecologist. In 1982, a teenaged David joined a pelagic trip off Sydney Australia, just for a lark. He was instantly hooked on seabirds and has been a birder ever since. David has birded widely in Australia (where he has seen over 750 species), North America (over 600 species) Southeast Asia (he’s lost count), Antarctica, and a few other countries. He has written several identification articles on gulls, honeyeaters, and frigatebirds, and is recogni...

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João Jara

João Jara was born in Lisbon and studied biology at the Faculdade de Ciências de Lisboa, where he developed his professional career in the pharmaceutical industry as senior manager and director of various multinational companies. With about 30 years of field experience, João has extensive knowledge about birding in Portugal. He was a member of the board of SPEA (Sociedade Portuguesa para o Estudo das Aves—Birdlife in Portugal), a voting member of the PRC (Portuguese ...

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Phil Jones

Phil Jones grew up in Surrey and now lives in East Sussex, England. He began birding in the United Kingdom in 1968 while at school, where he earned a B.A. in geography. He has birded on all continents, and has taken part in banding training courses in Greece, Kuwait, Thailand, Kenya, and Colombia. Although originally a banker, Phil led bird tours for eight years before settling in Sussex and has birded in over 50 countries. He has written a number of papers for local bird societies and has al...