Víctor Escobar Gimpel
Victor’s love for birds began during my childhood. It started by collecting the pictures for Chile’s first sticker album by Thomas Daskam and Jürgen Rottmann. With his friends, he used to go roaming in the fields and hills near Temuco and Lican-ray, in Southern Chile, taking photos and observing wild birds. Later, during his studies at the University of Chile in Santiago, he took bird identification courses given by the Union of Ornithologists and started to visit the central Andes and coast.
As a professional ornithologist, he have visited Peru, Argentina, Brazil, India and Nepal, where he had the chance to observe and photograph countless birds species new to me.
Victor has participated as an ornithologist in many projects, among them the Binational Conservation Program for the Andean Condor between Chile and Argentina), the research and monitoring project for the Crowned Eagle in Mendoza, Argentina, waterbird surveys for Wetlands International, and the Diademed Sandpiper-Plover research project.
Between 2002 and 2008, he worked as a specialist at the Birds of Prey Rehabilitation Center and was Director of the “Unión de Ornitólogos de Chile” (2007 - 2008). He currently is part of the Condor Research and Conservation Group in South America, he coordinates the Condor surveys of the “Red de Observadores de Aves y Vida Silvestre de Chile” and is co-founder of the NGO: “Corporación Amigos del Cóndor”.
He is personally motivated to show the diversity of landscapes and species of my country, especially endemic flora and fauna, to visitors and those who share the same passion for birds as me.