Tony Tilford is a writer and photographer whose lifelong interest lies in birds and wildlife. He owns a collection of superb bird photographs, and the books he has written and illustrated include Aviary Birds, Coloured Canaries, and Birds of Britain and Europe. He recent wrote the Photographic Guide to Birds of Java, Sumatra and Bali for New Holland. Tony Tilford is a past member of the Council of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, and a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain. He lives near Norwich. Dr John Cooke, a former Oxford University professor who now lives in California, and a lifelong bird enthusiast, made an important contribution to this book.