Originally I come from the Netherlands, but a long and windy road across the globe guided by a drive to conserve our vanishing biodiversity has led me to New Zealand. Past projects I was involved with include the conservation of Pink Pigeons on Mauritius and Orangutans on Indonesian Borneo. One particular project, surveying Petrels on Round Island, Mauritius, has stuck with me and sparked my love for seabirds. Now I am studying the conservation of the South Georgia Diving Petrel for my MSc at Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand. In the past breeding season I already uncovered many secrets of this little-known species. In the upcoming breeding season I hope to expand our understanding of these ‘flying penguins’ to the pelagic realm.