Dr. Kevin Elsby

Dr. Kevin Elsby
Wildlife Expert and Wildlife Photographer

Dr. Kevin Elsby spent a professional career in medicine as a family doctor and was an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of East Anglia. He retired from his GP role in 2017, but he was able to blend his interest in natural history with his work as a doctor. This continues today in his new career as an Occupational Health Physician.

Kevin has an Honours BSc in Natural Sciences with Earth Sciences and an MSc in Wildlife Biology and Conservation, both degrees being undertaken while working full time as a GP.

An award-winning wildlife photographer, Kevin is a Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society (RPS). He is a member of the judging panel for distinctions in wildlife photography for applicant photographers from around the world for the RPS.

He is a wildlife tour guide and lecturer, with expertise in all aspects of the natural world. His interest in wildlife began when he was at school. Over the years since he has travelled with his camera to all the continents in pursuit of wildlife. Many of his images are used by photo agencies and he has had work published by a wide variety of media around the world such as BBC Wildlife and National Geographic. He has appeared on BBC’s Inside Out, discussing the birdlife of East Anglia.

Kevin spent 15 years studying bird migration as a licensed bird ringer both in the UK and abroad. Kevin has led successful trips and expeditions to many parts of the world and he illustrates his talks with his own photographs.

Originally from north Wales, Kevin now lives in rural Norfolk with his wife. His other main passion is Liverpool Football Club, a team he has supported through thin and thick since 1965.

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Updated 28th April 2020

I have a wide variety of talks on all aspects of wildlife - birds, mammals, insects, plants, geology etc., tailored to the destinations of the cruise.

I can talk on the nature of all regions of the globe. I have a special interest in the Arctic and tropical rain forests. I use my own images to illustrate all my talks.

Some of my more popular talks include:-

1. Central and South America including Amazonia

(a) Hummingbirds – Nature’s flying jewels.

Discover the life histories of these amazing creatures and be bedazzled by their spectacular colours.

(b) Manu National Park – a wildlife showcase

Learn about this Peruvian National Park which has one of the highest bird species concentrations on earth.

(c) South America - a naturalist's paradise. Parts 1-3.

This is a series of three talks to illustrate just some of the huge diversity of wildlife to be found in South America. We look at the factors which make South America so exciting for the wildlife enthusiast, and cover tropical rainforests, the Andes and the coast.

(d) Darwin and the Galapagos Islands.

We explore the visit of Charles Darwin to this extraordinary archipelago, and look at some of the unique wildlife to be found there.

(e) Alfred Russell Wallace – travels of a Victorian naturalist.

The many trials and tribulations of exploration in the Victorian era. Wallace is the forgotten man of evolution theory but he had a remarkable life exploring the remote region of Amazonia, collecting insects.

(f) The unique birds of Cuba.

Cuba has many bird species which occur nowhere else on earth. This talk covers many of them including the smallest bird in the world, the Bee Hummingbird.

(g) Peru - from vultures to cultures

A look at the amazing birdlife to be found in this country which is so rich in Mayan culture.

(h) Crocodiles and quetzals - the best of Costa Rica

Be amazed at the huge variety of wildlife to be found in this small central American country.

(i) My big year.

There are over 10,000 species of birds on earth. This talk covers previous attempts by bird watchers to break the record seen in 1 year, as well as my own attempt in 2019.

2. Southern Chile, Argentina, Antarctica, the Falkland Islands and South Georgia

(a) Seabirds of the Southern Ocean

A look at these birds, which have to deal with the stormiest seas in the world.

(b) Penguins.

This region is home to many species of these charming and comical birds. Come and learn about their fascinating life histories.

(c) Scurvy – the sailor’s peril.

Be amazed at the extraordinary story of this once dreaded, fatal condition which affected sailors and polar explorers alike, and why we can now travel the seas without concern.

(d) The Falkland Islands – life on the edge.

A review of the often very tame wildlife which occurs on the Falkland Islands.

(e) Wildlife photography for everyone.

Two talks to show how to use your camera to best effect when photographing nature.

(f) The challenges of being a colour blind birdwatcher.

How do you identify birds if you are colour blind? It may not be a hard as you think. This talk explains the many ways to deal with this condition, and succeed as a birdwatcher.

(g) It’s in the bag.

What equipment does a wildlife photographer take on trips? Come and discover the things which are essential to take and how to transport them safely to and from the destination.

3. Northern Europe, the Arctic and the Mediterranean

(a) Spitsbergen – the wildlife at the top of the world.

An exploration of the rich wildlife to be found on this remote group of islands, including the Polar Bear, Walrus and a surprising variety of birds.

(b) The Coto Donana – Spain’s hidden wildlife wonder

A look at the wonderful wildlife to be found in this internationally famous National Park, close to Seville.

(c) Seabirds of the north.

The north Atlantic is home to a wide variety of seabirds in the northern summer, many of which can be seen on this cruise. Come and learn how to identify them.

(d) A Mediterranean wildlife medley.

What makes the Mediterranean region so special for the nature lover?

(e) The Farne Islands – a paradise for puffins?

This popular clown-like bird is living on a knife edge. Come and discover why and learn about the other seabirds of this group of islands.

(f) The wildlife of Iceland and Greenland. These two countries in the Arctic have a weath of bird life making their home in the brief summer. This talk examines many of the species which occur here and describes the challenges and opportunities to be had from making a home in the Arctic.

4. Australasia including Indonesia, Bali and the Malay Archipelago

(a) Komodo – land of the dragon.

Find out about the life of the world’s largest lizard which is also the world’s largest venomous creature.

(b) Alfred Russell Wallace – travels of a Victorian naturalist.

The many trials and tribulations of exploration in the Victorian era. Wallace had a remarkable life exploring the remote region of the Malay Archipelago and had a profound influence on modern natural history.

(c) Wildlife facts from around the world

Which land animal has the largest eye? How powerful is a Crocodile bite? What is a Monotrene? Come and find out the answers to these and many other wildlife questions.

(d) Dangerous creatures of Australia.

Australia is home to some of the most deadly creatures on earth. Why should this be?

(e) From Marsupials to Mollymawks and Kangaroos to Koalas – the special wildlife of Australia

A look at the wide variety of unique wildlife that can be found in this huge country.

ExpertiseOrnithology, Photography, Wildlife & Nature, the history of Scurvy at sea
Cruise Experience as Speaker/TutorKevin has been a popular cruise ship speaker in many destinations around the world for many years. He describes the wildlife of the areas visited by the cruises he works on and this has enabled passengers to gain a better insight of the nature of the destinations. In addition his talks on photography have enabled passengers to improve their own photographic techniques, thereby further enriching their cruise experience.


Wildlife & Nature
History - Naval
Earth Sciences, Geology & Geography
Science - General