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David James is an Australian birder and ecologist. In 1982, a teenaged David joined a pelagic trip off Sydney Australia, just for a lark. He was instantly hooked on seabirds and has been a birder ever since. David has birded widely in Australia (where he has seen over 750 species), North America (over 650 species) Southeast Asia, Antarctica, and a few other countries. He has written several identification articles on gulls, honeyeaters, and frigatebirds, and is recognized as an international expert on the latter. In the 1990s, David worked as a staff editor for the Handbook of Australian New Zealand and Antarctic Birds, contributing many texts for this definitive reference. He has been a member of the Birdlife Australia Rarities Committee for over 20 years. David is also a professional ecologist who studied in Tasmania and northern Queensland, Australia. At various times he has studied land birds, seabirds, whales and dolphins, Koalas, bats, frogs, reptiles, land crabs, and insects. David has been a guide not only for many bird tours, but also has many years of experience as a whale-watch guide in Australia and the U.S.A. In 2006 he organized and led the birding itinerary for the inaugural Christmas Island Birdweek. David currently lives in Sydney, Australia, with his partner, Brigitte.