Thanks- without any doubt the most enduring and unexpected benefit of my seabird quest has been the many new friendships and associations that have developed with many, many people from all over the world. The most important of these has been my friendships with Bob Flood and Mike Danzebaker. I feel entirely privileged with being able to consider Bob and Mike friends and they have taught me more about seabirds, photography and life than I have any right to expect. We have shared many spectacular sea birding extravaganzas from Oeno to Reunion with many more to come.
Many others along the way have been excellent companions, mentors and teachers including - John Shemilt, Angus Wilson, Adam Walleyn, Geoff Jones, Chris Collins, Elaine Cooke, Doug Koch, Tom Blackman, Doug Hanna, Steve Howell, Alan Howatson, Mick Taylor, Tony Palliser, Hannu Jans, Brent Stephenson and Sav Seville
There is a second group of individuals who need to be thanked for there pioneering efforts either in sea birding or expedition travel without whom much of what I have done and where I have gone would not have been possible- Hadoram Shirihai, Peter Harrison, Debbie Shearwater, Brian Pattison, John Brodie-Good, Rodney Russ, Nigel and Matt Jolly and all the crew at Stoney Creek Shipping, Brent Stephenson and Sav Seville at Wrybill Tours, Romano and Katrina at Windbirds in Madiera,
A special thanks to Didier and Sophie Watterlot who have made their home ours and provided us with some of the best sea birding moments ever.