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.
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.
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.