From a very early age Fernando, or “Feña,” showed a special interest in the birds that lived around his boyhood neighborhood in Chile. He honed his bird observation skills in the fields and wetlands of Lampa, a few kilometers from Santiago de Chile and has developed strong skills for recognizing birds by song. His first serious approach to bird study was as a volunteer participant in waterfowl censuses and bird banding. This was the catalyst that led him to pursue his true passions: birds and nature. Feña has traveled and birded extensively throughout Chile and several countries in South America. He also spent five months banding birds in the U.S. 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 tours in Chile, Argentina, and Brazil. He enjoys showing and teaching tour participants about birds, as well as all other aspects of nature.
Updated: January 2017