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Avid birder boy, 12, boasts 371 species spotted

A 12-year-old boy from Vancouver has a fairly unusual hobby that sets him apart from many of his peers: he is an avid, and remarkably accomplished, bird watcher.

Liron Gertsman of Vancouver has captured all but 4 on camera

B.C. bird boy

9 years ago
Duration 3:33
Liron Gertsman is an avid ornithologist, wise beyond his years

A 12-year-old boy from Vancouver has a fairly unusual hobby that sets him apart from many of his peers: he is an avid, and remarkably accomplished, bird watcher and photographer.

Liron Gertsman, who has been interested in ornithology since he was five, has spotted 371 species of birds and captured photographs of all but four of them, which he posts on his blog. It took him three years to save enough for the camera. 

"It’s hard to choose favourites," Liron said.

He is also the youngest volunteer to take part in monthly bird counts with the Stanley Park Ecological Society.

Liron took CBC's Duncan McCue under his wing to show him the ropes in this video report.

 

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