Interview with Alan Henry who birding in the Falkland Islands
I meet Alan for the first time on one of social networking site while browsing through the members blog to drop cards. His great Birding in the Falkland Islands blog is one of the very rare quality blog in the networks. I was in love at the very first visit, especially when I saw that his blog not only display birds photography but also other animals like whales and dolphins.
I knew Falkland Islands very well for its huge variety of animals especially birds. And from my collecting stamps hobby, I know that Falkland Islands have some very rare and high quality whale stamps which are a must and the key items for those who are specialized in whales stamp collecting.
Then couple days ago, I send him a message asking him about the chance to featured Birding in the Falkland Islands and his photography on my blog. I was lucky that Alan accept my invitation, and so here’s the interview with Alan Henry.
Can you tell a brief of your biography and how you become interested in birds/animals photography?
I was born in London in 1965, my parents then moved to rural Bedfordshire where I developed my passion for natural history through my father. I was an avid twitcher traveling the length and breadth of Britain to see rare & scarce birds. I moved to the Falkland Islands in 1987, where I met my wife Trish, we have two children Adam & Lucianne.
Do you consider yourself as a professional photographer?
No but have supplied photographs for the following books Birds and Mammals of the Falkland Islands by Robin & Anne Woods, Important Bird Areas of the Falkland Islands by Falkland Conservation, Birds of Patagonia & Tierra del Fuego by E Couve & C Vidal, Whales & Dolphins of the North Pacific by G Cresswell, D Walker & T Pusser, Plants of the Falkland Islands by Ali Liddle.
Remember the very first time you took a photograph?
In the early 1980’s when twitching to see rare birds but really began to develop my skill & passion of photography when I moved to the Falkland Islands.
What is your equipment while taking the photograph?
Canon EOS 350D with Canon 75-300mm & Sigma 50-500mm lenses.
And his answers for my last two questions are very interesting. I have a wild guess first before asking him these questions that Alan is a genuine environmentalist and he must be very active in any environment organization, and yes my feeling is right.
Are you a member of any environmental organization like Greenpeace/WWF or willing to join/support them in the future?
I’m a member of WWF for nearly 20 years and I am a trustee of Falkland Conservation. I get very much involved with their projects, these include the colour marking of 16,000 fledgling Black Browed Albatross on Steeple Jason in 2002 and the five yearly Penguin & Black Browed Albatross censuses in 2000 & 2005.
And when I asked his your opinion about current global warming issues and animals extinction, especially the threats to whales, seals and polar bear, Alan said:
I am very concerned about climate change and the effect that it is having on the planet; I think that developing countries should reduce their CO2 emissions and should also help third world countries financially to reduce their pollution of the environment and start recycling initiatives. I also think that everyone has their part to play in reducing their carbon footprint and the recycling of the earth’s resources.
Alan Henry is the true warrior of environment, and I was very glad that I ask him for this opportunity to interview and featured him, because Alan and his work for Falkland Conservation is truly deserve to have publication.
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