The Person behind

Johannes Ferdinand was born 1961 in Cologne, Germany. Very young, he was interested in nature and especially birds. He spent a big chunk of his spare time outdoors in nature.  Various trips to European countries, Africa and South America challenged his skills and knowledge concerning birds.

Soon he realized that photography was very useful to sort out different taxonomic questions on species level when checking the results of the trips. Photography is an excellent tool in environmental protection, too.

Since then, Johannes pursues bird photography professionally.  In the meantime, he has travelled around the globe for extended periods as a wildlife photographer, photographing the avifauna of dedicated habitats, taking pictures to portray birds and their habitats. In the past few years he has worked for one of the big natural science institutes in Germany. With his images, Johannes Ferdinand wants to help to identify birds and thus stimulate and increase the awareness of the magnificence of birds and in nature in general.

Johannes’ photographs are mainly published in national and international scientific magazines including Science, Spektrum der Wissenschaft, Der Falke, in “The Handbook of the Birds of the World” and in other Field Guides and Handbooks.

One thought on “The Person behind”

  1. Hallo Herr Ferdinand,
    von Jochen Dierschke,Vogelwarte Helgoland, erhielt ich Ihren Namen, als wir uns über “Happy Island” (China) austauschten.Mit Interesse habe ich Ihren Bericht über die Reise in 2007 gelesen. Ich hätte jetzt während eines beruflich veranlassten kurzen China-Aufenthaltes in der zweiten Novemberwoche für 4 Tage Gelegenheit, meinem Hobby Birding nachzugehen. Hätten Sie eventuell Tips oder Hinweise, wen man vor Ort kontaktieren könnte. Sie befürchteten ja schon, dass sich vieles geändert habe….

    Mit freundlichen Grüssen

    Carsten Cordes

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