Fernando Díaz

Director & Birding Guide

Fernando, or "Feña", showed a special interest in birds from a young age. He grew up birding in the fields and wetlands of Lampa, a few kilometres from Santiago, where he developed skills in observing birds. Feña is a strong "ear birder", his first serious approach to bird studies was when he has been invited to participate as a volunteer in waterfowl censuses and bird banding. This triggered a change in mind and motivated him to leave his job as landscaper to devote himself to his newfound passion, birds and nature!

He has traveled extensively throughout the habitats of Chile and several countries in South America in search of birds. He also spent 6 months banding birds in the US and Canada.

He enjoys spending time in the field, especially in the high Andes, where he co-leads a study on the charismatic Diademed Sandpiper-Plover. Feña is also a reviewer for eBird-Chile and is involved in several other bird projects with the Chilean NGO Red de Observadores de Aves de Chile (the main Chilean birders network). He leads bird trips in Chile, Argentina and Brazil. During his trips he strives to show every possible species, chat about their ecology and share with participants every little detail of the natural environment.