Chris Harbard has traveled the world in search of birds, from his first trip abroad to Austria to far flung places like Antarctica, Greenland, Saudi Arabia (to monitor the effects of the Gulf War on birds) and South Africa (to help penguins following the Treasure oil spill).
He has traveled widely in Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica and Panama and visited many Caribbean islands. His travels have also taken him to Peru, Chile and Argentina, Japan and far-eastern Russia (many times), Borneo, Indonesia, New Guinea, Australia, many South Pacific islands, Jordan, Oman, The Gambia and North Africa.
Chris is a well-known British ornithologist and conservationist and now lives in SE Arizona. After 24 years working with the world’s largest bird conservation organisation, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, he moved to the Austrian optics company Swarovski and managed their birdwatching website for several years.
He is now a freelance author, editor, broadcaster and lecturer. Chris writes for Birdwatch magazine and is also an occasional contributor to the BBC’s natural history radio output. He was editor of the Birdwatchers' Guides series of books and has served twice on the council of the Ornithological Society of the Middle East. His own books include Birdwatch, Songbirds, A Birdwatcher's Quizbook, A First Guide to Birdwatching.
Chris has also been working as a naturalist lecturer on board expedition cruise ships for the last twelve years in remote areas of the Arctic, Antarctic, Atlantic and Pacific, and has also led bird watching trips to France and Spain. Although his main area of interest is birds, especially seabirds, Chris also enjoys a range of other wildlife such as butterflies, dragonflies and plants.