I was born and raised near London, England, where I worked for
23 years in the computing sector, mostly as a contract consultant
in the corporate mainframe market. My work took me to Saudi Arabia,
France, and Ireland for short periods. In 1986 I had an epiphany
with birds and birding that changed my life, causing me to travel
widely in search of birds, and move to Texas in 1991 - my home
ever since. From 1993 I have worked in a variety of jobs more-or-less
associated with birds and birding, including birding travel and
tour guiding, retail backyard bird products, retail binocular
and camera equipment, and bird/wildlife surveying.
I am a past Report Secretary for Christchurch Harbour Ornithological
Society, a past President of Fort Wort Audubon Society, and a
past member - and Webmaster - of the Texas Bird Records Committee. Since 1999 I've
taken an increasing interest in butterflies and dragonflies,
and I now combine birds with bugs when I'm in the field (sometimes
not in that order...).