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ORYX Photography: Photo Tour Leader: Nigel Redman

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Nigel has had a lifelong interest in birds and wildlife. Over the past three decades he has led more than 120 bird tours, and has visited over 80 countries on all seven continents. Nigel’s travels have frequently involved getting off the beaten track, beginning in the late 1970s when he travelled the overland hippie trail to Kathmandu in search of exotic Asian birds. Since then, he has led pioneering expeditions to a wide variety of places including Siberia, Central Asia, Yemen, Bhutan, Indonesia and Ethiopia. In 1992 he led the first-ever birding tour to West Papua (formerly Irian Jaya), and in 2012 took an intrepid birding group to northern Somalia. He has escorted several cruises to the Antarctic and Arctic, as well as guiding many tours to Asia and Africa, and now has field experience of more than half of the bird species of the world.

In between these extensive travels, Nigel worked as a leading publisher of bird books, latterly as Head of Natural History for Bloomsbury Publishing in the UK. In this role, he published hundreds of books, primarily on birds but also on a wide variety of natural history subjects. Notably, he was the editor of more than 50 field guides, a long series of identification guides, and the award-winning Mammals of Africa in six volumes.

Nigel is also the author of numerous articles and three books, including an acclaimed field guide, Birds of the Horn of Africa (2nd edition 2011) and the bestselling Where to Watch Birds in Britain (2nd edition 2010). He was one of the founders of the Oriental Bird Club (serving two terms as Chairman), has served on the councils of the British Ornithologists’ Union, the British Ornithologists’ Club, the Ornithological Society of the Middle East and the African Bird Club, and has been a member of the Editorial Board of British Birds magazine for nearly two decades.

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