Brent was born in New Zealand and has been a birder since childhood, and in 2005 completed his Ph.D., studying the breeding biology of Australasian gannets in New Zealand. In 2003, along with Sav Saville, co-owner of their bird-guiding business, he rediscovered the “extinct” New Zealand storm-petrel, a bird known previously from only three museum specimens collected during the 1800s. With support from National Geographic, he has been leading a team conducting further research on this enigmatic seabird.
His passion for travel, birds, and the ocean has led him to many corners of the world working on small ‘Expedition’ cruise ships. It’s a great way of seeing remote and inaccessible places and their wildlife. Brent has travelled to many parts of the world, from the Arctic to the Antarctic, including Australia, Solomons, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, parts of the South Pacific, China, Americas, and Africa. It’s a tough job, but somebody has to do it! His passion and knack for wildlife photography has led to increasing publication of photos and articles in books and magazines, both within New Zealand and overseas. In his “spare time”, whilst in New Zealand (home?), Brent conducts ecological research, conservation work, and co-owns and runs Wrybill Birding Tours, NZ. He lives near Napier on the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand.