I’ve been involved in birdwatching since I was a student, and it’s still my main hobby to watch and photograph birds and other wildlife. My first conservation project (for six years) was with Sociable Lapwings, lead by ACBK, which how I started my career at this NGO. Because of my work for conservation, I’ve visited many regions of our big country Kazakhstan. The most interesting discovery for me was an observation of the Indian Pond Heron in 2019 (the most northern sighting ever). I had experience of national birding races and always dreamed of international level for birdwatching competitions.