I was born in San Sebastian (Basque Country) in 1968, at the Cantabric Sea. This was the place where I was raised and where I developed my passion for observing our environment and their inhabitants, the birds. My first memories about proper birdwatching are from 1979, when my family gave me my first bird guide and after that all my attention was focused on birds. Fortunately my mother noticed that my life without a pair of binoculars made no sense and suggested that my uncle buy me some for my birthday… since then my life has been related the birds.
Some months later and through tricky circumstances I became aware of the existence of the Ornithological Section of the Aranzadi Nature Sciences Society (in my own hometown!) and I joined them. It was there that I found other people with the same passion as me, which was really satisfying, because I noticed I wasn’t the only one crazy about birds.

1969 – San Sebastián/Donostia. Watching since I was a kid. Maybe a bird was flying close?

1969 – San Sebastián/Donostia
Watching since I was a kid. Maybe a bird was flying close?

198? – Fuente Dé, Covadonga National Park (Spain). Since Young visiting interesting nature areas. I remember I didn’t saw many birds, but maybe it was because my binoculars were inside my pouch.

198? – Fuente Dé, Covadonga National Park (Spain)
Since Young visiting interesting nature areas. I remember I didn’t saw many birds, but maybe it was because my binoculars were inside my pouch.

At the time, Aranzadi worked as a magnet attracting bird lovers and few years later we decided to create our own bird group to practice birding and to promote respect for birds; it was called Motacilla Ornithological Group. In this group, with very young members, we edited our own bulletin (Cita), where I wrote several articles and made lots of drawings.
In 1992 the main member group of Motacilla decided that it was time to become an official association and we created the Itsas Enara Ornithological Society. I was the President of this association from its birth till 2007. I still exists today this association works on bird conservation and study in Gipuzkoa (Basque Country). In that time I also was editor of the Gipuzkoa Bird Report, publishing 10 issues.
Also in the 1990s, I was the coordinator of the Iberian Seabird Group (GIAM) for the Basque Country and I coordinated several studies and censuses of birds in the Gipuzkoa province.

1989 – Ulibarri Ganboa, Alava (Basque Country). During the Winter Waterbird Count in this reservoir in Alava

1989 – Ulibarri Ganboa, Alava (Basque Country)
During the Winter Waterbird Count in this reservoir in Alava.

1997 – Jamaica Bay, New York. This was one of my first long birdwatching trips. My traveling passion for birdwatching started in these years

1997 – Jamaica Bay, New York
This was one of my first long birdwatching trips. My traveling passion for birdwatching started in these years.

1999 – Corralejo, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands (Spain). Looking for birds in the amazing Corralejo Dunes, during some family holidays

1999 – Corralejo, Fuerteventura, Canary Islands (Spain)
Looking for birds in the amazing Corralejo Dunes, during some family holidays.

2002 – Orgi Oakwood, Ultzama (Basque Country). I worked at the Orgi Oakwood Nature Recreational Area for 13 years long, where I learned a lot about forest ecology, protected áreas management, environmental interpretation and public use in nature.

2002 – Orgi Oakwood, Ultzama (Basque Country)
I worked at the Orgi Oakwood Nature Recreational Area for 13 years long, where I learned a lot about forest ecology, protected áreas management, environmental interpretation and public use in nature.

However, moving and living in Navarra shaped my work. In 1997 I started working at the Orgi Oakwood Nature Recreational Area (Ultzama Valley, Navarra) where I took on several roles: guide, environmental monitoring coordinator, interpretation materials designer, and others. In 2000, I founded the Garrapo SL company with Edurne Gerendiain, in order to continue our work in this protected area. This also allowed me to continue my work as an advisor and manager of public use in nature. During this time I conducted several scientifical surveys on birds, such as bird population censuses and completed several projects in the Sites of Community Importance (SAC) in Navarra. I stayed with this company till 2010, when I decided to become a freelancer.

2004 – Alcossebre, Castelló (Spain). Kids and birds, what a fantastic combination! My children have inherited my curiosity.

2004 – Alcossebre, Castelló (Spain)
Kids and birds, what a fantastic combination! My children have inherited my curiosity.

2008 – Port Lockroy, Antarctic Peninsula. Probably the most amazing trip in my life, visiting the Antarctic Peninsula and several places in Argentina for more tan one month. An adventure. This picture was taken on board of the Polar Pioneer.

2008 – Port Lockroy, Antarctic Peninsula
Probably the most amazing trip in my life, visiting the Antarctic Peninsula and several places in Argentina for more tan one month. An adventure. This picture was taken on board of the Polar Pioneer.

In 2001, I joined the Spanish Rarities Committee in SEO/BirdLife, where I have been for 13 years. There I have the opportunity to share my input and learn a lot from all my colleagues.
In 2006 I started working on the Birding Navarra program with Daniel Torrente (owner of the Mirua Actividades de Naturaleza company). The misión of this program is to promote the Navarra region as a birdwatching destination and to develop the tourism sector in this area. This tourism program has been a pioneer at an European level, and now other areas are taking our model as an example to follow.
In the last 20 years I also have been working as a wildlife artist, with several publications. I have  have worked as a birdwatching guide for local or foreign companies.
All of these activities still keep me busy at the moment, and I combine them with having a family and traveling around the World to visit nature destinations to observe birds.

2009 – Nanyuki, Kenia. My first important Africa experience. It was not a birdwatching trip, but even so I manage to see hundreds of bird species

2009 – Nanyuki, Kenia
My first important Africa experience. It was not a birdwatching trip, but even so I manage to see hundreds of bird species.

2012 – Húsavik, Iceland. Ready to see the enormous Blue Whale. Before this day this giant was to me a mythical creature, the largest animal even existed on Earth!

2012 – Nanyuki, Kenia
Ready to see the enormous Blue Whale. Before this day this giant was to me a mythical creature, the largest animal even existed on Earth!.

2014 – Pak Thale, Tailandia. Short after finding the very scarce Spoon-billed Sandpiper.

2014 – Pak Thale, TailandiaShort after finding the very scarce Spoon-billed Sandpiper.