Twitches

The Queensland Twitchathon
The Paradise Parrot Trophy
Morning twitching group, mobile and ready
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.

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The Queensland Twitchathon

The 2018 Queensland Twitchathon

For the 2018 Twitchathon, just over $4500 in sponsorship was raised for the research projects that Birds Queensland supports each year.

Congratulations to the following winners of the 2018 Queensland Twitchathon:

Category Place Team Name Team Members No of Species Seen
Open
(24 hours)
Winners: Paradise Parrot Trophy The Chicken Tickers Paul Marty
Scott Fox
160
Champagne
(12 hours)
Winners No Wrong Terns Paul Marty
Tida Nou
152
Eco
(12 hours)
Winners Le Tour de Bribie Paul Marty
Therese Marty
Chris Marty
107

 

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

Highest Individual Fundraiser Winner: Dollarbird Trophy   Adrian Gallagher
Highest Team Fundraiser Golden Hustlers Rae Clark, Andrea Schafer, Adrian Gallagher

 

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

Youngest Team E2M Chays Ogston, Scott Baker, Brad Dreis, Hannah Rowan, Chris Beavon
Oldest Team Bayside stRollers Judith Giles, Esther Townsend
Rookie Team – no prior Twitchathons Babbling Beebys Marion Beeby, Paul Beeby
Highest Non-coastal Total Splendid Spotters Marion Beeby, Machelle Rinaldis, Tony Ashworth, Kevin Delahoy
Highest Night Bird Species Tally Seven Year Twitch Richard Noske, Phil Robson, Toni Moran, Brian Coates

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, the attached file will give you details of the winning teams since 1991.

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