What started as a backyard hobby quickly got Joachim travelling all over Europe, looking for birds and other wildlife. Originally born in urbanized Belgium, he was drawn to wilder areas from a young age, which took him to all corners of the continent. From the scorching Sahara to the frigid Finnish taiga, birds were always Joachim's motive for travelling, and will likely always be. After exploring the Western Palearctic, he set foot outside those boundaries when he really got a taste of tropical birding during an independent trip through Ghana. Other destinations followed quickly, and Joachim has now birded at least once on 6 of the 7 continents. Joachim now resides in Canada, in British Columbia. Joachim is especially passioned by less known or the more difficult groups of birds: gulls, shorebirds as well as seabirds such as alcids, tubenoses and allies. Joachim currently works in environmental consulting after receiving his MSc degree from his university in The Netherlands, for which he conducted his research on Dunlin in the Fraser River Estuary in Vancouver, BC. Boundary Bay is one of his favourite birding spots due to the abundance of shorebirds, as well as the east coast of Vancouver Island, where gulls can be found in good numbers. Joachim is not only interested in birds, but also he has a healthy interest in other groups such as mammals, reptiles and amphibians.