Did you know that more than 240 different species of birds have been recorded at KAUST? The passionate bird-watcher Brian James and the talented bird-photographer Marios Mantzourogiannis invite everyone to discover more about birding in KAUST.
For WEP 2017 you can enjoy a great Photography Exhibition, learn how to identify some of our small co-habitants and follow us on a bird safari around KAUST.
The Exhibition will guide you through some of the main habitats at KAUST and present around 60 of the most common species that are regularly spotted there. Additionally, some of the rarest species that have visited KAUST in the past will be showcased.
If you are a nature lover or just interested in photography, you will find something in this Exhibition for you!
The Opening will take place after the lunchtime lecture by Wey Shyy, 'Biological Flight and Aerodynamics of Small Moving Wings', on Tuesday, January 10. A booklet with a selection of the photographs will be given during the Opening.
Brian James works at KAUST Health, Safety and Environment. He has been bird watching for the past 30 years. He worked as a teacher in Tanzania and soon started to take a keen interest in identifying the birds there. Since then he has watched birds throughout the world and has a life list of around 5200 species.
Brian came to KAUST when it first opened and worked as a teacher in the Primary School until 2016 when he retired. He is now working for the HSE department as the Biodiversity Coordinator.
His blog reports on the birds seen at KAUST, He regularly organises Guided Bird Walks for community members and visitors. He has travelled widely within Saudi Arabia watching birds and recorded almost 400 species within the country.
Marios Mantzourogiannis started photography in 2009; he has participated in a number of photography exhibitions in Greece and he has also presented his work in different occasions here in KAUST. His interest in birds started in 2015 and since then he has photographed more than 100 species here in KAUST and he has also photographed birds in Greece, Kenya and Sri-Lanka.
He came to KAUST in 2013 and he is working in the Government Affairs & Security department.
He runs the website http://www.discovering-birds.com, where he presents his photos and his experiences as a bird photographer.
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