Thierry, Belgian, living for more than 25 years in the south part of Uruguay, is attracted by beautiful nature, birds and people. Ornithologist and Agronomist, his interest for birds begins early traversing Europe. Member of Aves Uruguay - an affiliate of BirdLife International - and other local environmentalist NGO, amateur photographer and trilingual, he is involved from years in several research programs and in aquatics birds’ neotropical census (ABNC). He is a wetlands fervent defender. Eclectic in his preference to the birds’ world, he is interested by birds’ interactions with natural habitat and generally any wildlife expression from natural ecosystems.
“Juca” is a man of many facets: he is an ornithologist with very wide-ranging experience in fieldwork (and has discovered several new species for his country) and as a park warden. But he is also an artist and the author of ten books (an autobiography plus nine books for children), and has won awards for writing, ornithology and as a park warden. He is the only member of the team that has visited all “seven continents”. He has been in charge of the Castillos lagoon wildlife refuge (Refugio de Fauna Laguna de Castillos) since 1991, and twice acted as Vice President of the International Ranger Federation (an organisation comprising forty three park warden associations from all over the world).
Enric is a Catalan who is deeply passionate about birds. He has been driven by the curiosity he feels for creatures of all kinds ever since he was a child, a trait that led to his career choice: he is a vet. He has gone on birdwatching trips as a tourist on many occasions, taking him to various countries across four continents. Over the last five years, he has frequently travelled around Uruguay and Argentina, and has thus become acquainted with the bird life of the River Plate basin. He also set up this entrepreneurial venture, working in cooperation with professionals and enthusiasts from the region. He is a member of the Catalan ornithology organisation ICO (Institut Català d’Orinitologia).
Agustín recalls that he discovered his love for birds early on, when he was just ten years old and was spending his holidays in the eastern highlands of Uruguay. His passion for birds has been growing ever since. He is an industrial engineer by profession and he has been specialising in bird photography for over twenty years – his shots make their way into many books and brochures published in Uruguay. A specialist in birds of prey, he is a bilingual guide (Spanish/English), and has held the post of President of Aves Uruguay – an affiliate of BirdLife International – for the last six years.
Adrián has a degree in biological sciences, and worked with the Vertebrate Zoology Department of Uruguay’s Universidad de la Republica for fifteen years, as well as being a member of Aves de Uruguay – an affiliate organisation of BirdLife International. He is fully acquainted with the bird life of the region, having taken part in several expeditions and coordinated various research projects in a number of zones of South America’s Southern Cone, and also in Oceania, Hawaii and South Africa. His preferences focus chiefly on marshland, coastal and marine birds and their study and observation has become his specialist field.