24 twitching hours

Last year, Nick, Janine, Scott and I (The Stickybeaks) spent 24 hours trying to see as many of Kangaroo Island’s 260 bird species, and do better than the 21 other teams in the inaugural Kangaroo Island Twitchathon.

Covering all the angles on D'Estrees Bay beach. Photo Scott Hartshorne
Covering all the angles on D’Estrees Bay beach. Photo Scott Hartshorne

This year we are determined to get on the podium and beat our fifth place of last year. And we are determined to have just as much fun doing it.

The 2015 Twitchathon, to be held from 10am Saturday March 28 to 10am Sunday March 29, has something for everyone, from the beginner (contact birdingki@gmail.com if you need help finding a team) to the serious twitcher.

Even teams that don’t win a thing should have a fun-filled and adventurous 24 hours – and learn a thing or two about Kangaroo Island’s rich birdlife.

During a twitchathon members of teams spot as many bird species as they can during the 24 hours. Teams are asked to note any rare or vagrant birds. Birds can be seen or heard, but more than half the members of a team have to confirm the record.

Nankeen Night Heron at American River. Photo Scott Hartshorne
Nankeen Night Heron at American River. Photo Scott Hartshorne

You’ll need at least two members in your team and all members must stay in direct voice contact throughout the Twitchathon.

Just as hard as the bird spotting is thinking up a catchy name for your team. There’s a prize for the best name as well as the winning team. Prizes are awarded at Duck Lagoon when the Twitchathon finishes with a BBQ brunch at 11am on Sunday.

To register, pick up a registration form at Natural Resources KI, 37 Dauncey Street Kingscote or email them at kinrc@sa.gov.au.

And we’ll see you out there.

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