About me

I'm a university researcher in how to teach English and a former English teacher who travelled across Libya birding and sometimes other countries too.  When the revolution broke out I had to leaveHowever that does tell you much about my story.

I am an Oxford educated DPhil chemist with a background in senior management who threw it all in a few years ago for a simpler life. 

I now live comfortably in Bulgaria but work in other countries - Azerbaijan, Libya and Saudi Arabia. No longer spending hours commuting I have time to indulge my passions. And that mostly means bird watching and travel.

My home is now in Bulgaria.  It's in a quiet country village.  One current task is to landscape it so it is bird friendly. The classic Brit wants a colourful garden full of beautiful alien species. But I am taking advice on using local bushes and trees.  I want to go beyond growing a vine or two and having a bird table. 


My second passion is travel now mixed with bird watching at the same time. I have visited 85 countries.  My main birding expertise is a 120 degree arc south west to directly east of Varna, Bulgaria  from Azerbaijan to Libya and places in between such as Saudi Arabia. I also like African birding but am no real expert. However I travel almost anywhere when I get the chance.

I travelled extensively in Libya too. Here's a picture of me and two fellow teachers (in happy times) enjoying a day out to Cyrene. Libya has some excellent Roman and Greek remains. We are sitting somewhat dismissively on the Temple of Zeus.  

Cyrene is one of many places with wonderful culture and equally good bird watching. Where else can you see engraved roman eagles and live golden eagles flying above them.

Please keep visiting my blog and see what more there is to discover here in Saudi Arabia, Libya and elsewhere.   BirdingRob