About: Rafael Galvez
Binocular: Leica 8x32 Ultravid HD
Spotting Scope: Leica APO-Televid 65 (angled)
- Rafael is the director of the Florida Keys Hawkwatch – the southernmost raptor migration monitoring project in the continental U.S. The site is renowned for documenting the highest number of migratory Peregrine Falcons on Earth. During the fall, he can be found counting songbirds every morning from coastal habitats in the Middle Keys, and raptors into the afternoon. The rest of the year, he is guiding bird tours (VENT), teaching workshops or attending bird festivals as a representative of the Leica Sport Optics Pro Staff. Rafael is also a board member of Tropical Audubon Society, and on the Florida Ornithological Society’s Records Committee. Rafa’s artwork has been featured in a number of publications. He illustrated and co-authored (with L. Gavashelishvili and Z. Javakhishvili) a field guide to Raptors and Owls of Georgia (Buneba Print, 2004) while collaborating with the BirdLife International affiliate in the Republic of Georgia for several years. During this period, he contributed to a number of publications as illustrator, graphic designer and editor. Independently, he has also participated as recordist and director for a series of productions and releases on the traditional chants of the Caucasus region. Rafael’s exquisite designs, layout and branding work have played a role in the creation of art books, magazines, records and product labels.