Herman Bouman (1976) was born in the youngest province of the Netherlands, Flevoland. For his daytime job he works for a consultancy agent (Arcadis) as an ecologist. Herman is addicted to birding since his childhood. Around 2000 this addiction started to get more serious. Birding around the Netherlands for fun and monitoring birds (breeding, winter, etc), twitching, photographer and also as a ringer (CES and research of birds and light). In 2009 he fell in love with gulls. The reason was a wintering glaucous gull and the great numbers of large gulls at close range at a local waste dump. He started studying gulls since then and is a member of the www.gull-research.org group.
In his chase to see new and good birds he went to several countries in the Western Palearctic like Spain, Cyprus, Greece, Egypt, Sweden, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and outside the WP to Suriname, Ghana and Oman. In addition he also did some non-birding trips to Canada, United States (western part), Argentina, Nepal, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia and Botswana. Overall he likes to travel and meet people and share his passion for nature. Herman can’t wait to show you the bird specialties of The Netherlands!