Meet our Reviewers

Every submission to eBird is verified through a combination of automated data filtering (including location-based filtering) and review by a network of local bird experts, our eBird Australia reviewer team. If you have recorded a particularly interesting bird in an unusual place, then during eBird’s high-standard review process, you may have already been in friendly communication with one of our dedicated reviewers. We are incredibly grateful for the devoted work of our volunteer reviewers—eBird Australia would not exist without this team. Our reviewers most likely have a long history of birding in their review region, and are enthusiastic, hard-working, and kind people with good communication skills.

Here’s where you can learn a little about our remarkable eBird Australia reviewers:

Ashwin Rudder Alastair Smith Chris Watson
Chris Wiley Craig Morley Dez Wells
Frank Antram Kath Shurcliff Mat Gilfedder
Michael Ramsey Mick Jerram Niel Bruce
Nigel Jackett Peter Kyne Peter Milburn
Richard Alcorn Rich Fuller Roger Giller
Sandra Gallienne Stewart Ford Paul Brooks
Tim Field

Richard AlcornRichard Alcorn has had a life-long interest in nature conservation, and is a volunteer with Bush Heritage Australia. He is an enthusiastic atlasser and long-time supporter of the Birdlife Australia Atlas Project. In 2003, he and Margaret Alcorn launched Eremaea Birds, a global bird atlassing system, which merged with eBird in February 2014 to form Eremaea eBird (now known as eBird Australia). Richard and Margaret also develop the Eremaea Birdlines web site. Richard’s favorite bird is the Banded Stilt, and his favorite birding sites are the Natimuk-Douglas salt lakes where thousands of these birds appear in spring in most years.
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Mat GilfedderMat Gilfedder is a keen birdwatcher and photographer who works as a research scientist with the CSIRO. He has worked to improve eBird in Australia for several years. Mat enjoys birding with his young family, and his favourite bird is the Rufous-crowned Emuwren, despite it being painful to photograph among the rocky ridges around Alice Springs.
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Roger GillerRoger Giller has a Science/Chemistry background and worked in the ceramic manufacturing industry before retiring in 2002. He started casual birding around 1995, but only more seriously since retiring. He had been using Eremaea Birds to back up his records and was pleasantly surprised when asked to become a Moderator for NSW, and subsequently became an eBird Australia reviewer. “I don’t believe that my level of birding experience is anywhere near that of many of those who contribute observations to eBird Australia, but I have certainly learned a lot as a reviewer. I also have an interest in geography and locations around the country, handy when reviewing hotspots. My wife and I enjoy travelling in our caravan and checking out new areas. My favourite birding location would have to be Royal National Park, on the Southern edge of Sydney only 15 minutes from home. It has a wide range of habitats, with over 200 species recorded there. My favourite bird is the Azure Kingfisher. To see the colourful flash of blue and orange never fails to brighten up my day.”
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Chris WatsonChris Watson works in a private ecological consultancy on a diverse range of sites across the whole of inland Australia. His interests don’t stop at birds and he chases snails, spiders, frogs, and snakes with equal passion.
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Kath ShurcliffKath Shurcliff is a bit of a nomadic birder, having lived and worked in many outback parts of Australia and tropical countries overseas. But she now considers far north Queensland her home, where she spends much of her time wandering over Cape York and the “blank squares” of any birding atlas. She also spends time encouraging others to discover both the value and the joys of birding and to share their information and knowledge with others.
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Nigel JackettNigel Jackett has been an avid eBirder since 2007, after discovering eBird during a radio talk show while researching rare Canadian owls. In 2009, he migrated from the NSW south coast to WA, and has since worked as an environmental consultant based out of Perth. When not seeking the charismatic fauna of the Pilbara, he can be found at his favourite local hotspot – Herdsman Lake in WA.
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Paul Brooks photoPaul Brooks‘ love of the natural world led him to a science degree at the University of Tasmania. An assignment to compile a list of birds seen throughout one semester continued after the report was submitted, and the compilation continues to this day. He has birded in many far-flung locations but is never happier than when traversing the rugged wilderness, windswept coastlines and wild seas of his home state, Tasmania.
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Michael_Ramsey2Michael_Ramsey Michael Ramsey lives in North East Victoria. He enjoys being a moderator for eBird Australia as bird distribution and records interest him a lot and he also enjoys meeting new people and working with other moderators through the site. His favourite birding area is close to where he lives in the Warby-Ovens National Park where he has been birding since he was a child.
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Frank AntramFrank Antram (pictured here admiring a desert rose in Oman) is a reviewer for New South Wales. Frank has been a keen birder and naturalist for most of his life, although didn’t get into the hobby until his late teens when he was struck by the beauty of a male Eurasian Linnet in breeding plumage in the UK. Suddenly hooked, he now has over 40 years’ birding experience and has birded in many different countries. After 20 years working for the Australian Government’s environment department in Canberra, Frank moved to Goulburn in 2013, where in semi-retirement, he is doing Landcare work and building up lists of birds for the local sites. He has too many favourite birds to name, but has a particular fondness for waders and the cuckoo-shrike family – not that either group is particularly well represented in Goulburn!
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DEzWellsDez Wells has been involved with a range of conservation organizations for over 20 years. These organisations included Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, Convenor of Brisbane Valley Koala Preservation Society, Coordinator of Esk Nature Search 2001, Convenor of Townsville Seagrass Watch, Education Officer of the Butterfly House Southbank, Convenor of BirdLife Southern Queensland, President of BrisBOCA, surveyor for the Queensland Wader Study Group and managing his own native animal hospital, the Australian Fauna Ward in Brisbane, still operating today. Dez has been involved in bird care and bird surveys for over 30 years and believes that focussing on educating young people will provide a strong platform for environmental consciousness in Australia’s future generations. To do this, Dez says that we need a balance of clear educational messages that explicitly explain bird conservation, while also encouraging young people to be involved in hands-on bird survey work. Dez is currently completing a Master of Applied Science (Research) with a focus on “Determining the abundance of bird species in a two-hectare ecological sample using acoustic sensors”.
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Niel Bruce town common2Niel Bruce is a professional museum taxonomist working on marine crustaceans. He has worked and birdwatched since his teens, in countries too numerous to mention, but his main experience is in Australia, particularly Queensland, South Africa and East Africa, and South-East Asia. Niel moved to Townsville in 2007 and at that time became “serious” about birdwatching, brought on by the spectacular avian diversity to be found within a 100-radius of Townsville. He has a particular fondness for shorebirds, but finds all bird families fascinating. Favorite bird pedantry is recognizing movie and TV locations by birds and bird calls, and spotting the mistakes.
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CRAIG MORLEY reviewer picFrom an early age Craig Morley has been captivated and fascinated by birds – they are truly an obvious, wonderful and amazing part of our environment. He feels privileged to be an eBird Australia reviewer, and is a very keen and enthusiastic user of eBird. As a retired teacher Craig has a real passion for life-long learning. A member of BirdLife Australia since the 1970s he was a very keen participant in both atlases of Australian Birds. He is editor of the Geelong Bird Report which annually details bird records for the Geelong region, published by the Geelong Field Naturalists Club (member since 1976) and he is convener of the club’s Bird Group. Whilst Craig has been fortunate to bird in many parts of the world he always finds contentment and satisfaction when birding and atlassing closer to home.
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