Irshad has been a keen naturalist since his childhood, and has now been working as a naturalist guide for over 25 years. During that time he has also appeared in a number of international documentaries, including National Geographic Channel’s ‘Mysteries of the Malaysian Rainforest’. As an avid ornithologist, Irshad has spent many hours in the rainforests of Malaysia and has observed, studied and documented many of the bird species found here, with a special focus on two iconic species: the great hornbill and the white bellied sea eagle. He is also the first person in Malaysia (together with late Miles Badeley) to have recorded the mountain-hawk eagle on Langkawi, a bird not found on either Peninsular Malaysia or Borneo. When not in the field, Irshad consults and lectures on birds, biogeography, and conservation to a wide audience, ranging from school children to corporate figures, naturalists and scientists.