Machiel Valkenburg is the leading guide of Rubythroat Birding Tours. He was born in the Netherlands but travels all over the world finally brought him to Central Asia where is has lived for over eight years. He currently resides in Spain from where he runs the daily management for RBT. He is a tourleader for the biggest bird tour company in the world, Victor Emanuel Nature Tours for whom he leads tours in Asia and Europe. Machiel has an excellent ear for bird sounds and a keen eye. Nowadays he also counts butterflies to his expertise and is developing himself more and more in the field of Asian nature. Machiel is a devoted traveler, making trips in Europe, Africa and Asia. The former Soviet Union countries and their avifauna however have a special place in his heart. Travelling extensively the last 10 years to Central Asia and Siberia has resulted in the founding of Rubythroat Birding Tours. He has a calm approach. Respect, good atmosphere and a good laugh combined with good birding are keywords for trips guided by Machiel.
Maksim Mitropolskiy (1986) is ornithologist from a famous family of zoologists in Uzbekistan. Maxim graduated Biology and Soil Faculty of the National University of Uzbekistan in 2009 and began his career in the Inspection for the Protection of Fauna of Uzbekistan. Also, he developed the direction of ornithological tourism in Uzbekistan, begun by his grandfather. Currently, Maxim is professional bird’s guide of Central Asia, having organized and conducted a lot off tours during last 10 years. He was first who proposed to hold autumn birding tours to Uzbekistan. Working as a tour leader, he found three new species for Uzbekistan – Rose-ringed Parakeet, Indian Darter and Namaqua Doves. In the period from 2014 to 2018, he studied at the postgraduate school of Tyumen University and began to develop the study of birds of the entire of Central-Asian Flyway region.