Fernando Diaz

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Fernando Díaz, or “Feña,” showed a special interest in birds that lived around his neighborhood during his childhood. He grew up birding in the fields and wetlands of Lampa, a few kilometers from Santiago de Chile, where he developed his bird observation abilities at an early age. Feña has strong skills for recognizing birds by song. His first serious approach to bird study was as a volunteer participant in waterfowl censuses and bird banding. This was the catalyst that led him to leave his landscaper position in order to pursue his true passions, birds and nature. Feña has traveled extensively throughout most of the habitats of Chile and several countries in South America birding and studying birds. He also spent five months banding birds in the U.S. and Canada. He enjoys spending time birding in the field, especially in the high Andes of Chile, where he co-leads a study on the charismatic Diademed Sandpiper-Plover. Feña is also one of the eBird-Chile reviewers, and he is involved in several other bird projects with the Chilean NGO Red de Observadores de Aves de Chile (the Chilean Birders Network). Feña leads bird trips in Chile, Argentina, and Brazil. During his travels he enjoys showing and teaching tour participants about birds, as well as all other aspects of nature.