Nudgee Beach Wetlands — 21st August 2022
September 2022 Meeting — 1st September 2022
Oxley Creek Common — 11th September 2022
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We produce a range of brochures and other information on birds in Queensland, and on all aspects of birding in Queensland.
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Bird identification can be difficult, even for experienced birders, and many discussions occur during group walks and camps on this subject.
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We produce a range of brochures and other information on birds in Queensland, and on all aspects of birding in Queensland.
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“Of those bird species known to have been present or to have visited regularly in Australia when Europeans settled in 1788, 1.9% are Extinct and a further 11.5 % are considered Threatened. Some 6.0 % are Near Threatened.”
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Organizations like Birds Queensland assist with scientific research projects by raising money each year and allocating it as grants.
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Twitches

Grey-crowned Babbler (Pomatostomus temporalis) © Peter Storer

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 Queensland Twitchathon

The 2022 Birds Queensland Twitchathon

Will take place from Friday 23rd September to Tuesday 4th October.

Rules and details

You can download the following documents:

  1. the 2022 Twitchathon Rules (PDF format)
  2. the team application form (MS-word format).  Team Leader, please fill and submit electronically if possible. Alternatively, this PDF version can be downloaded for printing.
  3. team sponsorship recording page (MS-word format). One (or more) per participant. Please fill and submit electronically if possible

Checklists

The following species lists are available:


Birds Queensland Twitchathon Results

Results for 2021

For the 2021 Twitchathon over $6500 in sponsorship was raised for the research projects that Birds Queensland supports each year.

Congratulations to the following winners of the 2021 Queensland Twitchathon:

Category Place Team Name Team Members No of Species Seen
Open
(24 hours)
Winners:
Paradise Parrot Trophy
Restless Birdcatchers Ofalia Ho
Russell Yong
Nikolas Haass
196
Champagne
(12 hours)
Winners Golden Hustlers Rae Clark,
Andrea Schafer,
Adrian Gallagher,
Nicky Stafford
153
Eco
(12 hours)
Winners The Oxley Creek Commoners Hugh Possingham,
Matt Gilfedder
118

Special thanks must go to the individual and to the team who raised the highest amounts in sponsorship:

Category Team Name Team Members
Highest Individual Fundraiser Winner: Dollarbird Trophy Adrian Gallagher
Highest Team Fundraiser Golden Hustlers Rae Clark, Andrea Schafer, Adrian Gallagher, Nicky Stafford

 


Results for 2020

For the 2020 Twitchathon, over $4000 in sponsorship was raised for the research projects that Birds Queensland supports each year.

Congratulations to the following winners of the 2020 Queensland Twitchathon:

Category Place Team Name Team Members No of Species Seen
Open
(24 hours)
Winners:
Paradise Parrot Trophy
Restless Birdcatchers Ofalia Ho
Jesse Rowland
Russell Yong
186
Champagne
(12 hours)
Winners The Godfeathers Vernon Kretschmann
Mel Stewart
149
Eco
(12 hours)
Winners La Giro del Sud Paul Marty
Therese Marty
Chris Marty
101

Special thanks must go to the individual and to the team who raised the highest amounts in sponsorship:

Category Team Name Team Members
Highest Individual Fundraiser Winner: Dollarbird Trophy Adrian Gallagher
Highest Team Fundraiser Golden Hustlers Rae Clark, Andrea Schafer, Adrian Gallagher, Nicky Stafford

This year we also awarded certificates in a number of sub-categories as listed below:

Category Team Name Team Members
Youngest Team Restless Birdcatchers Ofalia Ho, Jesse Rowland, Russell Yong
Most Mature Team Gang Gang Gang Rod Cox, Linda Sulakatku, Jean Crow, Peter Crow, Dawn Muir
Rookie Team – no prior Twitchathons Coastal Chats

Warbling Doves

Ian Gibson, Jan Gibson

Andrew Grenfell, Luke Sbeghen, Kerri-Anne Dove

Highest Night Bird Species Tally Cister-ticklers Richard Noske, Detlef Davies, Brian Coates, Chris Barnes

The Paradise Parrot Trophy

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, this list will give you details of the winning teams between 1991 and 2020.

So, why not join us?

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    Access to over 700 electronic files, videos and hardcopy books and magazines.
  • Outings and activities
    The society holds regular monthly camps and walks for members and guests, as well as monthly meetings.
Olive-backed Sunbird (Cinnyris jugularis) © Vince Bugeja