Birds & nature: my passion
Birds have fascinated and delighted me since childhood and I count myself lucky to have been able to make them my career since I decided to give up the day job and make my living as a birding tour leader. I set up Barcelona Birding Point to show people Catalan nature, where steppe, wetland and high mountain birds are still all common. A relaxed, native-guided holiday is what you can expect of Barcelona Birding Point.
I still remember my first lifer (I hardly knew what a lifer was at that time). It was a male Sardinian Warbler and it was singing in a scrub area 200 meters away from my parent’s home. In my family was not the habit to walk in nature but from my parent’s flat there’s a wonderful view of the mountains around Barcelona. Since I was ten I was collecting all books and reviews that I could find about animals and nature. But there was one day I decided to look for all those animals in the wild. I wanted to see some wolfs… so I decided to explore the mountains beside my parent’s home on Sunday morning. I spent the morning walking around. I was sure I was gonna discover several new species of fauna in those mountains… and wolfs. But of course there are no wolfs in the hills around Barcelona so I only found several people walking along the paths. I begun to come back home frustrated and sad. But then I had a perfect sight of that male Sardinian Warbler scratching its feathers and then singing and such a vision made me immediately fell fascinated about birds. I directly went to a library and bought my first identification guide book. And this was the beginning.
Since I was seventeen I have been involved in different NGOs, participating in several schemes and monitoring as Nesting Owls Scheme (2003-2006), SOCC program (Catalan Common Birds Monitoring, since 2009), the Catalan Breeding Bird Atlas (1999-2002), the Catalan Winter Bird Atlas (2006-2009) or the Migration Raptor Scheme in Catalonia (since 2004) as well as many other small studies and census in different Important Bird Areas.
In 1998 I set up a monitoring of migratory raptors and passerines beside Barcelona. It is active from late August until November and you can follow it in http://www.migracioturoblau.blogspot.com (in Catalan and English) and also in http://www.migraction.net French website.
In 2003 and 2004 I moved to Greece. I was working in an European Project as a wildlife guide in Stymphalia Lake and mountains around it, 35 kilometre South of Korinthos. The project aimed local people to preserve the wetlands and traditional landscapes at the same time we opened the region to green tourism.
Why to be a bird guide?
I enjoy to know new people coming from different countries, to travel around the world and to watch birds in the wild. So becoming a birding guide and a wildlife tour leader is just a natural way of life and to enjoy it with other people whom loves and respect nature.
I would be really glad to guide you through landscapes that I know since childhood. Doesn’t matter if you are an expert or if you’re a new bird lover, I would be proud to join and help you in your birding time. If you don’t feel like a bird guide, don’t hesitate contact me in order to get interesting information about where and when find your dreamed birds. I’ll do my best to be helpful.
This blog is about birding, my personal bird experiences as a bird guide and also include environmental news in Catalonia, Spain and countries around.