TwitchesThe Queensland Twitchathon
The Paradise Parrot Trophy
|Morning twitching group, mobile and eager to sight their first birds|
Why we need twitchers
Keen and experienced birders are sometimes called ‘twitchers’. A small proportion of twitchers can go to extraordinary lengths to see as many different bird species as possible, and in as many different situations, regions and countries. There are a great many variations on what an individual twitcher wants to see but it usually involves personal pleasure or challenge, and not necessarily, though sometimes, a sense of competition.
Often it can be a sociable "fun thing", such as happens with our Queensland Twitchathons. However, the Queensland Twitchathon is primarily aimed at raising funds (through sponsorships) to be used to fund avian research. In addition, most of our team contestants just love to see birds in their natural habitat AND enjoy each other's company with a common goal.
Twitching has other important side benefits in that keen twitchers usually become experienced bird observers, skilled at identifying many bird species under all sorts of weather conditions. We try and include new birders and young birders so that there is maximum benefit from the Twitchathon. Twitchathon participants are most suitable people to assist with the conduct of bird population surveys. Their reliable observations yield the vital data required to indicate whether bird biodiversity is at risk and whether degradation of bird habitats is putting a given species under threat.
The 2016 Queensland Twitchathon
Congratulations to the following winners and place-getters of the 2016 Queensland Twitchathon:
|Category||Place||Team Name||Team Members||No of Species Seen|
|Winners: Paradise Parrot Trophy||007 Silvereye||Simon Kennedy
|Runners Up||Lucky Ducks||Patrick Webster
|Retro Regents||Sheena Gilman
|Whistling Skites||David Niland
|Tableland Tawnies||Lyn McAndrew
|Winners||Spotter Doves||Rae Clark
|Runners Up||Inglorious Bustards||John van Osta
|Gang Gang Gang||Rod Cox Linda
|Winners||Le Tour De Bribie||Paul Marty
|Runner Up||Red Hot Koels||Margaret MacNevin
Special thanks must go to the individual and to the team who raised the highest amounts in sponsorship:
|Highest Individual Fundraiser Winner: Dollarbird Trophy||Margaret Cameron|
|Highest Team Fundraiser||Retro Regents||Sheena Gillman, Doug Dow, Margaret Cameron|
For those who participated and those who wish that they had, start preparing now for the 2017 Queensland Twitchathon.
Since 1991, the winners of The Queensland Twitchathon have been presented with the Paradise Parrot Trophy which has plaques engraved with the names of the winning teams and the team members plus the number of species seen.
As the trophy is not always on display, the attached file will give you details of the winning teams since 1991.