Bird Malaysia’s team consist of specialist birder guides who are members of the Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) and BirdLife International Partners for Malaysia with intimate local knowledge of the rich habitat of East and West Malaysia birds. With a collective birding experience of over 25 years, the team is well-respected in the Malaysian birding circle, and have been honored and respected by organizations and peers alike.
Irshad Mobarak has been a keen naturalist since his childhood. Inspired by the lives and deeds of pioneer naturalists and explorers. In 1992 he left his banking career and walked down the path of Natural History. He has been deeply moved by the plight of the animal and plant world and the perilous relationship they have with man at this moment in history . He has devoted his life to helping ordinary people unlock the mysteries of the natural world. To help achieve this role he founded Bird Malaysia under the Umbrella of Natural History Tours a company which specializes in wildlife tours with focus on birds.
As an avid ornithologist, Irshad has himself spends many hours birding in Malaysia, Borneo and Indonesia observed, studied and documented the life histories of many species of birds. When not in the field, Irshad consults and lectures on birds, biogeography, conservation and other elements of island Natural History to a wide audience, ranging from school children to corporate figures, naturalists, scientists and others with a love and interest in Natural History.
Andrew J Sebastian is one of our main BM guide. He is one of Malaysia’s well regarded conservationist, bird guide and writer. With over 20 years experience, Andrew has traveled to world promoting Malaysia as a birdwatching destination with the latest being the American Birding Expo in Ohio, October 2105. He is currently the Executive Director and Co-founder of Ecotourism & Conservation Society Malaysia , Co-founder of the Asian Bird Fair and Advisor to the newly created Wild Bird Club of Malaysia. He was until recently, Head of Communications for the Malaysian Nature Society for 19 years. He is the lead author of ‘Malaysia Birding Destination’, a worldwide publication produced and distributed by Tourism Malaysia. He has been cited in local and international media (featured in the Lonely Planet since 2012), over 215 times and has a modest life list of 2,300. He leads tours to his other favourite destination, Sulawesi and works with local communities there to develop their potentials.