Pablo Andrés Birding - Multicolored Tanager - Welcome
Multicolored Tanager (Chlorochrysa nitidissima)
Pablo Andrés - Bird Photographer

Welcome to Pablo Andrés Birding!

Thank you for reaching my website. I’m Pablo Andrés, a commercial pilot (based in Colombia), computer engineer and photography enthusiast who discovered birding and bird photography in 2019 after the need to go back to basics and reconnect with inner self and with nature.

I’m the father of three and work as an Airbus A320 Captain for a Latin American carrier. I also majored in Computer Science or Systems Engineering and have been a photography enthusiast and amateur photographer since 2009. Thanks to my job as a pilot I’ve been able to enjoy my passion for photography when travelling around my country or abroad.

Through photography, I’ve been able to meet some wonderful people, get to know interesting places and even heal the soul when in need to. It was like that, as a soul healing activity, that life took me to birding. In part, this is what this blog’s going to be about.

I’ve been working as a commercial pilot since 2012 and during 2018 had the opportunity to upgrade to Captain and fly the Airbus A320 as Pilot in Command. With the upgrade came the opportunity to be transferred to another base and my wife and I decided to leave the strepitous life in Bogotá, the capital of Colombia, and come to live to Cali, a smaller, warmer and much more easygoing city for raising a numerous family. Cali is the capital of Valle del Cauca, one of the states with the greatest bird diversity in Colombia (the first being my natal state Cauca).

White-booted racket-tail (Ocreatus underwoodii) – Finca Alejandría, Valle.

Up until August 2019, my photography endeavors were focused in aviation photography (or “airplane spotting”), some travel and landscape photography and a few other experiments. You can check some of that here: JetPhotos, here: Airliners.net, and here: my Flickr account.

2019 was a tough one for me. Due to the nature of my job, I started having some sleep disorders. In August, my mother fell very ill and had to spend some weeks in intensive care. She finally fully recovered with no medical consequences but it was a very shocking moment for me. So, after all the stress I had been through in the personal and professional landscapes, I decided I needed something to reconnect with my inner self, go back to basics and give my soul some healing. I felt my spirit was asking vigorously for a transformation.

That’s when birding comes to place. Since 2018, I had been kind of away from photography (which in the past used to be a very nice way of disconnecting and renewing energies in my life). My camera no longer traveled with me and my new role as Captain in the A320 was being so time demanding and energy consuming that I barely had spare time to share with my family. So, after my mom’s health episode, and in the process of revising and introspecting in order to make some life changes, I figured I had given up my passion for photography and it was about time to correct that.

Caracara cheriway - Crested caracara
Crested caracara (Caracara cheriway)

What comes next in this story, about how I got into birding, will be part of a new post. For now, I’d like to thank you again for visiting and reading. I look forward to your next visits and I hope you enjoyed this content as much as I enjoyed writing it. 😀

In this website you’ll find content about birding and birdwatching, nature tourism, travel and, of course, photography.

Meanwhile, you can also check my Instagram accounts here: Pablo Andrés Birding and here: Pablo Andrés Flying and my Twitter.

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