Alan McBride lives in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of France.
Alan grew up in Lancashire, moved to New Zealand and then Australia in the 1970s.
His interest in birds and indeed anything that swims, flies, crawls or otherwise moves, started early and has never waned. Alan has travelled all over the world to look for birds (he even has over 600 species on his US list) but it is Australia and the surrounding region, including New Caledonia and New Zealand, where he has a special expertise. Here, he is a very experienced guide (having already led 100 + birding tours) and knows Australia intimately, having visited just about every important birding locale on the continent, often on many occasions.
Alan was instrumental in getting the famous Sydney / Wollongong deep water pelagic trips off the ground in 1978; trips that subsequently recorded many bird and cetacean firsts for Australian waters. After over 850 pelagic trips, including selling and guiding the first commercial trip to the sub-Antarctic Islands of New Zealand and Australia, his seabird identification is well-honed! Alan is a past President of the New South Wales Field Ornithologists Club (now Birding NSW) and has been heavily involved with a number of other ornithological organizations in Australia such as Birds Australia, Seabird Group and Wader Study Group amongst others.
His photographs have appeared in such publications as Readers Digest book of Australian Birds, National Photographic Index of Australian Wildlife and numerous photographic field guides, including Peter Harrison's famed Seabirds guide.
Alan's other interests include France and French food and wine goodies, photography, writing, travelling, Scuba diving, hiking, cooking, music and anything to do with natural history.
"Yes & No! You are on top of a glacier and surrounded by crevices, so yes from a safety aspect it was. Standing in glorious fresh snow and wanting to do more, well no not really. All said and done though, it is spectacular up there. If you walk fro…"
"On the helicopter trip you get to walk around on top of Fox Glacier for about ten minutes. You can walk to the face of Franz Josef but need to go with a registered guide from the town. They equip you with gloves and boots, etc.....;-)"
We took a two week break in a camper-van in the South Island of New Zealand; it was winter and we weren't there to ski!:"
On our winter time trip to New Zealand, of particular interest was the small "French town" of Akaroa on the Banks Peninsula just over an hour from Christchurch. A cruise on Akaroa Harbour was brilliant for the pleasant winter weather, lack of …"
"Make sure you take the early morning Yellow Waters Wildlife cruise. Outstanding."
Kakadu National Park is a World Heritage listed area approximately 250 km east of Darwin in Australia Northern Territory. The park covers almost 20,000 square kilometres and has some outstanding birding spots along the stunning 500 km long sandstone esca…"