Originally from the UK, James Wolstencroft studied at Cambridge and made his first East African safari in 1976. His pursuit of birds has taken him across Europe, to North America, Russia, Turkey, Iran, Israel, Arabia, Nepal and the Himalayas. He particularly enjoys birding in the Oriental tropics, especially in India and Indochina where he travelled in the 1980’s. In 1988, James guided his first birdwatching tour to Assam, and during the 1990’s, he lived in Thailand, Ethiopia, Laos and the Seychelles, where he worked for BirdLife International. After spending three years living in southern Spain, in 2005 James moved to Arusha, Tanzania, where he now lives with his wife, Elsie, and their two sons.