Guides & Staff

FERNANDO DÍAZ

DIRECTOR & BIRDING GUIDE

Fernando or "Feña" showed a special interest in birds that live around his neighborhood since his childhood. He grew up birding in the fields and wetlands of Lampa, a few kilometers from Santiago de Chile, where he early developed abilities to observe birds. Feña has strong skills to recognize birds by song and 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 changed his mind and carried him to leave his current job as landscaper to devote to his true passion, Birds and Nature!

He has been traveling extensively through most of the habitats of Chile and several countries in South America, for birding and studying birds. He also spent 6 months banding birds in the US 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). He leads bird trips in Chile, Argentina and Brazil. During his travel he enjoys to show each possible bird, teach about their ecology and show every piece of nature.

RODRIGO SILVA

BIRDING & WILDLIFE GUIDE

Rodrigo is a Chilean veterinarian by profession but a naturalist by choice. He has Masters Degree in wilderness conservation and has been working both as a wildlife specialist on environmental assessment and as a guide for Albatross since 2010.

Due to his work he has traveled across most of the rural parts Chile for the last 10 years, which has given him a deep knowledge of the whole wildlife spectrum and specifically of birds.

He knows many off the beaten track destinations, little-known restaurants and all kinds of stuff you could expect from an experienced local guide. Apart from that Rodrigo has a big passion for Chilean music, food and wine!

He is an active member of ROC (Chilean birders network), being involved as eBird reviewer and in the research project on breeding biology of Storm-Petrels (Elliot's, Markham's and Ringed) in the world's most arid desert.

As an environmental consultant he is currently leading some bird and bat monitoring programs on wind farms and power lines. In the past years he also has been involved in fieldwork with species like Andean Cat, Colocolo Opossum, Burrowing Parakeet and Torrent Duck, just to name a few.

During early 2015 he made his first overseas trip in the company of his wife Patricia and his 4-year old daughter Violeta. This was a full 6 months travelling across Southeast Asia. Now he is glad and proud to share the best of the Chilean birding, culture, landscapes and nature with passengers.

 

EDUARDO NAVARRO

BIRDING GUIDE

A passionate naturalist, Eduardo has remained close to outdoors activities throughout his career. He was born in Santiago but grew up in Punta Arenas where he developed his fascination for wildlife and birds. With a veterinarian background, since early years at university he showed an interest in biodiversity, conservation and ornithology.

He has participated in different wildlife conservation projects in Chile, Bolivia and in Sydney, working with different species such as guanacos, south Andean deer, pumas, Andean condors, raptors and shorebirds.

One of his passions is to travel around the world discovering new places, cultures and of course, looking for new birds. During recent years he has traveled around Europe and Asia, either walking in the Nepalese Himalayas, discovering Thailand's wetlands and getting lost among the ruins of Cambodia, always with his binoculars in hand.

Eduardo has lived for the last one and a half years in Australia and now he is excited to be part of ALBATROSS BIRDING and share with other birders worldwide the wonderful experience of birdwatching in Chile.

PAOLA SOUBLETTE

BIRDING AND NATURALIST GUIDE

Paola has always loved nature and has dedicated most of her career to the study of the birds and conservation of biodiversity. She holds a biology degree from the Catholic University of Chile with a focus on ornithology and coursework that included the ecology and conservation of terrestrial bird species. Her thesis project was a study of the distribution of bird communities in different habitats in the central zone of Chile. Her professional work includes: participating in the “Neotropical Census of Aquatic Birds” (Wetlands International), conducting population and behaviour studies of aquatic birds in Ramsar sites (The Convention on Wetlands of International Importance), rehabilitating native fauna, conducting environmental education, and teaching native species protection.

She has worked in National Parks, Reserves and Sanctuaries throughout the country acquiring extensive experience in fieldwork and as a naturalist. Her knowledge of bird calls gives her a great ability to find and identify terrestrial birds.

She has been organizing and guiding birdwatching and natural history excursions around Chile for 10 years and speaks English fluently.

FERNANDO MEDRANO

BIRDING GUIDE

Fernando is a young field ornithologist from Chile. He studied Evolutionary Ecology (MSc) at the University of Chile, where he has developed research on breeding ecology and natural history of birds. Furthermore, he is leading the first Breeding Birds Atlas of Chile. As you may imagine, he can tell you a lot about Chilean birds!

He has been involved in Grey gull, Markham Storm-petrel, Ringed Storm-petrel and Chilean woodstar monitoring projects in northern Chile; and in Waterfowl/shorebird/passerine monitoring and banding birds projects. During these projects he has developed the skill to recognize most of the birds by their calls. This knowledge is of great use on his tours.

He has been a serious birder since 2008. From that time on he has traveled birding and guiding around all Chile. He can lead birders with great confidence anywhere in the country.

EDWIN FRENCH

BIRDING GUIDE

Edwin is a serious birder and is participating in several projects related to this endeavour.  As an active member of the Chilean NGO Red de Observadores de Aves de Chile (ROC) he is a volunteer managing membership credentials for the organization.  He is also an eBird-Chile hotspot reviewer and national co-coordinator of Neotropical Waterbird Census organized by the ROC and Wetlands International (with Heraldo Norambuena).

He will nonetheless, get out to the field to perform the census for the O'Higgins region south of Santiago.  Another project he is involved in is the bi-annual Chilean Condor census as a volunteer, collecting important information that can help preserve this enigmatic species.

He is an English native speaker and the son of a hunter and avid fly fisher. He spent much of his youth outdoors, developing his love for nature.  Edwin is an IT professional and as such needs to get out and breathe some air, so nothing better than to go chasing birds!  This has led him to travel most of Chile's long and diverse geography in search of our feathery friends.

He is very enthusiastic in being a part of Albatross family and sharing the remarkable experience of birdwatching in Chile.