About me


I'm in the teaching English as a foreign language profession. Sometimes I am in management and sometimes in the classroom but always in a foreign country.  

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 have worked in other countries - Azerbaijan, Libya, Saudi Arabia and now Oman. No longer spending hours commuting I have more time to indulge my passions. That mostly means bird watching and travel.


I am now the e-bird datasbase reviewer for both Libya and Saudi Arabia.


My home is now in Bulgaria. It's in a quiet country village. It is being landscaped it is bird friendly. The classic Brit wants a colourful garden.  I am not immune from these sentiments. However I am taking advice on using local bushes and trees. 


My second passion is travel usually now mixed with bird watching at the same time. I have visited 96 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 especially the Arabian Gulf. I also like African and Pacific birding but am no real expert. However I travel almost anywhere when I get the chance.

I travelled extensively in Libya and Saudi Arabia 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 Oman, Saudi Arabia, Libya and elsewhere. BirdingRob