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Anthony McGeehan with Julian Wyllie


Anthony McGeehan, from Belfast, has been watching and photographing birds since childhood. Today, he works with BirdWatch Ireland on bird surveys and monitoring schemes and leads bird tours. He has written widely for magazines and journals, including some in Europe and North America, as well as regular newspaper contributions since the 1980s. His book, Birding From The Hip, attracted much favourable comment.

Julian Wyllie is perhaps amongst the last of a generation of birders who taught themselves to read with The Observer's Book of Birds. Sharing his life-long love for the natural world with a fascination for post-1965 underground music, he worked as a second-hand record dealer, at recurrent dishwashing posts and a multitude of contracts for conservation bodies. Since 2004 he has lived on Sherkin Island in West Cork, where he spends his time birding or listening to The Fall.