To photograph as many Australian bird species as possible in 8 hours
4th-5th December 2010
Inspired by the popular Twitchathons, last year Arron Davies suggested the challenge to see how many birds we could photograph in a given time period: and the Birding Oz PhotoTwitch was born!
The inaugural event was great fun although the weather wasnít the best and participation levels were fairly low. This year our aim is to have alot more competitors, and hopefully better weather!
The winner last year was the competitive Grant Brosie who is a regular in the Birds Australia Twitchathon competition with a rained out total of 85 species.
There is no entry fee and you donít need to pre-register, though you will need to register as a member of http://www.birdingoz.com.au to enter. There is no charge for registration on BirdingOz.com.au and it only takes a minute or two.
We would also encourage people to register under their real names when joining if possible.
Your approach to this event can be as competitive or non-competitive as you want. Many participants will see the event as simply a chance to have fun while satisfying their own curiosity about how many species they can photograph in a day.
There will be a sub competition of Best Photo and Rarest BIrd. Everyone will be welcome to submit their best two images for judging (and just sharing) in the appropriate forum after the event.
1. You are limited to a consecutive 8hr block. You choose start and finish times.
2. Birds must be totally wild and free and photographed within Australia (pelagic species are allowed)
3. No call playback allowed. (Pishing is acceptable)
4. Putting out food sources is not allowed
5. Any photo counted must allow the species to be easily and unequivocally identified (when combined with knowledge of location). Whilst outright image quality is not the main aim, we encourage people to try to get as good an image as they can, and not just snap blindly through the car window!
6. You may travel with others for company etc, however each entry must be photographed by one person only.
7. Upon completion, you must send a PM to one of the moderators with your total as a list (preferably in taxonomic order). Note - do not post your results publicly. This must be done by 9th December to qualify.
8. The top 5 will be asked to send a low res copy of all their images to the Moderators for scrutiny. (more details will be given at the time)