I guess my (Arjan Dwarshuis) fascination with birds began when I was just a couple of months old and I started mumbling my first words. I called my stuffed animal Pica pica which later turned out to be the Latin name for magpie. When I was a toddler and other kids drew houses and cars I drew birds. I could stare in awe at these feathered wonders as they came to feed at the bird table in our back garden. That is the wonderful thing about birds, you don’t have to travel far to watch them, they are all around us, ever present, night and day, without them it would be eerie silent.
As soon as I could read my parents bought me my first bird-book and with the help of my grandfather’s old binoculars I started identifying those beautiful birds in our back garden. Suddenly there were Great- and Blue tits, Song thrushes, Blackbirds, Jays, Robins, Green- and Great Spotted Woodpeckers and even the odd Sparrowhawk hunting all the former species!
I never stopped identifying birds and now, more than 20 years later, I’ve observed more than 7000 of the 10672 bird species in the world and I can say for sure that I’ll keep doing this for the rest of my life. Since May 2017 I joined the Birding Netherlands team.
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