Photo: Anita EricsonI've been interested in nature and especially birds since the late 70's. My photo interest over the years has come and gone, but took speed with the digital revolution. A good argument for me to get into photography again, was to document everything wonderful that I experienced during my trips abroad. Since I've seen and heard well over 7000 species of birds, it has become increasingly difficult to remember them all. Photo documentation would become part of the solution as "backup" for my failing memory!

When "Digiscoping" became popular at the beginning of this century, I wanted to join in. In 2002 I bought a Nikon Coolpix 4500 and became handy with this gear. I would probably say that the bird and nature photos through this had come to stay in my life. A few years later, it became natural to change to a SLR camera. Since 2006, I've owned a Canon EOS 30D, then a EOS-1D Mark III and now I work with my quite recently purchased Canon Eos 7D mkII. My lenses have also become longer and heavier; My favorite now is the Canon 500mm/4.

Over the years I have made a number of trips abroad with nature and bird watching as primary purpose. Sometimes I travel alone, sometimes with a tour operator. But most often and preferably do I travel and organize my trips with good friends. In recent years, photography has become increasingly important to me, and I mourn no longer if I miss a "small brown job 'in the rain forest canopy. Below I list my trips outside Scandinavia.

 

 

 

Completed trips

2018 New Zealand (up-coming trip)
2018 Samoa, Fiji, Vanuatu and New Caledonia (up-coming trip)
2018 Vietnam (up-coming trip)
2017 São Tomé & Príncipe (up-coming trip)
2017 Taiwan & Japan
2017 Cyprus
2017 Western Sahara

2016 Spain (Andalucia)
2016 Angola
2016 Alaska
2016 Spain (Extremadura and Andalusia)
2016 Northern and Western India
2015 Solomon Islands 
2015 Malaysia (peninsula)
2015 Spain (Majorca)
2014 Kenya and Zanzibar & Pemba

2014 Papua New Guinea-remote
2014 Canary Islands (Tenerife, La Palma and Fuerteventura)
2014 Ecuador

2013 West Papua, New Guinea
2013 Caucasian Georgia
2013 Corsica & Sardinia
2013 Ghana
2012 South Africa
2012 Swiss and French Alps
2012 Cameroon

2011 US (California & Arizona)
2011 Ethiopia
2010 Indonesia (Lesser Sunda Islands)
2010 Portugal (Madeira)
2009 Peru (south)
2009 Syria
2009 Brazil (north-east)
2008 Colombia (with Rio Javari, Brazil)
2008 Russia (sea of Okchotsk)
2007 Ethiopia
2007 Poland
2007 Venezuela
2006 China (Qinghai)
2006 India (north-east)
2005 Iceland
2005 Australia (south-east with Tasmania)
2004 Argentina & Chile
2003 Portugal (Azores)
2003 US (Texas)
2002 Madagascar
2002 Mexico
2002 Philippines
2001 Jamaica & Cuba
2001 Bulgaria
2000 Spain (Tenerife, Canary Islands)
2000 Brazil (south-east)
1999 South Africa
1999 Indonesia (Java, Halmahera and Sulawesi)
1999 Sri Lanka&India (south)
1998 Colombia
1998 Malaysia (Peninsula and Borneo)
1997 Gambia
1997 Israel
1996 Spain (south)
1995 South America. My “Big Year” with seven months in Ecuador including two intence 3-4 week trips in the country including Galapagos. Also a month in central/northern Peru, three months in Bolivia, ten days in Paraguay and a week at Iguazu Falls (Argentina)
1994 Venezuela
1993 Costa Rica
1992 US (northern states)
1992 Kenya
1991 Mexico
1991 Spain & Portugal
1991 China (Sichuan and north-east)
1990 US (California)
1990 Greece & Hungary
1990 US (Florida)
1989 Morocco
1989 Israel
1988 Spain (Canary islands)
1988 Turkey
1987 Tunisia
1986 Gambia
1985 Spain (Majorca)
1983 Spain (Majorca)

Photo: Stefan "Ludde" Andersson
Me and Anita are having a relaxing moment in the back of the bus during the Ecuador tour 2013-14.

Photo: Anita Ericson
In company with legendary birdman Daniel Wakra in Papua New Guinea. After fantastic birding in Huon peninsula there were no reason to look less happy!

Lists (IOC version 5.3) by September 2015
Too many bird watchers lists are an essential part of their hobby. And that was the case also to me. But many years ago I just stopped. I decided to just enjoy birding as it was without thinking about numbers or ranking. But when Anita moved into my life, all that changed again. She had been a keen worldwide birder and keen lister for years and inspired me to revise and update my list, but now in an excel sheet, not in an old book like before. Now I really enjoy knowing exactly what I have seen and what I can look forward to....

Lists (IOC version 5.3) by September 2015


Lists are an essential part of most birdwatchers life. And that was the case also for me. But many years ago I just stopped. I decided to just enjoy birding as it was without thinking about numbers or ranking. But when Anita moved into my life, all that changed again. She had been a keen worldwide birder and enthusiastic lister for years and inspired me to revise and update my lists, but now in an excel sheet, not in an old book like before. Now I really enjoy knowing exactly what I have seen and what I can look forward to....

Lists