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I discovered the joy of bird watching as a 14 year old along the Murrumbidgee River near Canberra when rambling in the bush with mates. At 16 I was a helper on a bird research project in the Brindabella Mountains. At 20 I was the Principal Bird Guide to Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve for the 16th International Ornithological Congress held at ANU in Canberra. So I became a bird guide.

My journey as an ornithologist all over Australia and the Pacific with jobs and guiding roles in Kakadu, Uluru, Flinders Ranges, Jervis Bay and Papua New Guinea. I lived on Norfolk Island for three years where started the program which saved the Norfolk Island Green Parrot from extinction.

My wife and I started our own touring company in Uluru in 1991 and operated regular day tours there and in Alice Springs. This expanded to safari expeditions through Kakadu and Arnhem Land northern Queensland.

In 2006 that company was judged the best tourism operation in the NT in all categories and subsequently won the national award for environmental touring.

Since that time I now run regular tours in Canberra and the Highlands Region and take charter tours around Australia and the South Pacific.
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