Bertus de Lange (1967) has been watching birds since early childhood. He can’t remember when or where his fascination started, but he does remember getting his first pair of binoculars while he was still in primary school. At first, Bertus started looking for birds in the area of his home town, Alphen aan den Rijn, but when getting his driver’s license at age 18, other parts of The Netherlands came within reach as well; this was also the period he met other birders with the same interest and ever since birding is no longer a hobby to Bertus, but a passion!
Bertus works as a teacher at a primary school. The long vacations have given him the possibility of traveling the world: Canada, Alaska, Australia, Surinam, South Africa, Peru, Madagascar, India (twice) and most countries in Europe are among the places Bertus visited. Some of his favourite destinations abroad include Yemen, the Potala in Lhasa, (Tibet) and being face-to-face with Mountain Gorilla’s in Uganda.
It’s not just the birds Bertus is interested in: he has an extensive knowledge of the reptiles and amphibians, butterflies, dragonflies and mammals in The Netherlands as well.