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Starting in Colombia (1 Viewer)

Hello my name is Juan Antonio I´m born and rise in Colombia. To be honest I might have heard that our country is the richest in bird species but I would have forgotten about it or it was something that wasn´t on my mind. That´s probably quite disturbing coming from someone how´s about to obtain his biology major with a thesis on the birds of our family farm which in Colombia we call Hacienda. It´s around 900 hectares and covers the following habitats: ripary forest, secondary forest, paddock, arable reedbed "caña de azucar" and the riverside of the Cauca river. So I´ve working trying to identify species registering them for about a month ago. The last week has been the most productive one I´ve working from 6:00 Am to 9:30 Am everyday in a different habitat. I´am using a field guide identification handbook, e-bird, xeno-canto and other web material to identify and register the species I´ve found. The reason why I decided to join is because I would like to get more support in the identification process specially with audio and blurry images, I would like pretty much to share my experiences and grow as a bird watcher. I want to become a teacher but I still I would like to do this for a hobby. i bought a Nikon D3500 which I´ve come to realize is not a good camera for birding probably could have done better with a Nikon pix p900 for the same price range.

More about me:

At a young age I was enthusiatic for nature, I used to watch ants for several minutes fascinated and animal planet was much more interesting for me than kid shows. A very young age I was crush by the school system, many things happened and I began to withdraw myself from other people and my parents weren´t capable of deal with my problems with a crumbling marriage, my father was doing cocaine and so I built a wall . I was diagnosed with depression and my parents couldn´t afford my treatment. I found a sense of relief and a mechanism of protection for me was to start playing videogames runescape without living. At some point I became comfortably numb. I ended up being very insecure. I was encourage to follow a degree in any field in the university very accessible for ous. I had no idea what to choose and I ended up the choosing the night before the end of inscriptions. I was thinking about something along the line of social studies but then I saw biology and I remembered as a young naive child liking it so much and so I decided if I was to ripped apart to choose probably my inner child could do a better job. The first semester was pretty good but then my sister had an injury and my mother had to leave me I had nobody to hang out no real hobbies other than videogames which I wanted to quit. So a friend of mine told to me try out marihuana and naively I accepted. To short it out I ended up resolving a lot of trauma and injuries of the past with the aid of cannabis but I still had a disossiative "hobbie" which was smoking, for me it was kind of spiritual like the reggae but more in a personal stream. With my newest addiction "spiritual cure" I ended up failling some courses which I could have easily aced. To short it out I´ve quitted weed for a year now and started to get higher grades and now that I´am in the field doing this surrounded by so many natural beauty I believe I´m starting to cure a lot of my past but this time without any external stimulant. So far it has been a wonderful experience and I only wish this is the start of something better for my self. If you have read this far I appreciate it a lot, thank you. :eat:

Pd: Does anyone know how to add a profile picture?
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Hi Juan Antonio and a warm welcome to you from all the Staff and Moderators.

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The time will soon pass.

I'm sure you will enjoy it here and I look forward to hearing your news.
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