Ray Tipper ARPS is a life-long birdwatcher who left his native Britain in 1973 and spent most of the next 22 years in Hong Kong where he was a trustee of WWF and became intimately involved with its renowned Mai Po Marshes Nature Reserve. It was in Hong Kong that he turned to bird photography which quickly became his major interest. He gained his associateship of the Royal Photographic Society in 1990 and his photographs are regularly published in journals and books all over the world. Bird photography remains his passion yet he still retains his love of birdwatching and has led close to 80 tours for Avian Adventures in Europe, North America, Asia, Arabia, Africa and Madagascar. He now resides for much of the year in Tavira, Portugal and is a member of the Portuguese Rarities Committee.