How many birds have you seen in the Hunter Region? Have you seen more than 300 birds? If so, welcome to the Hunter 300 Club! We’d love to have your tally of species posted on this page and you’re now also eligible for a special badge (see below). For those who have made it to the next milestones, there’s also the Hunter 350 Club and a 400 Club. Very soon there will be a 425 Club as well!

Below is a table showing the top Hunter listers’ tallies. It also includes the most recently added birds to people’s lists and their predictions for the next species to be added to the Hunter Region checklist – all just for fun of course. But note that if you have surpassed the esteemed 400 mark we’ll need to review your list before we post it here (even though the 300 Club is purely for fun please don’t be offended if a records officers seeks to verify species you may have claimed for your list).

To post your Hunter bird list tally, your next new species prediction (optional) or to enquire about the reviewing process of lists email the Club’s records officers here.

Hunter Birders Totals


400 Club
Ann Lindsey 422 Mar 2019 Pied Honeyeater, Grey Currawong, Little Stint Mangrove Honeyeater
Mick Roderick 422 Jun 2019 SIPO, South Polar Skua, Little Bittern Westland Petrel
Michael Kearns 420 Jun 2019 SIPO, South Polar Skua, Pied Honeyeater Herald Petrel
Allan Richardson 414 Mar 2019 Tahiti Petrel, Pied Honeyeater, Brown Booby South Polar Skua
Dan Williams 414 Jun 2019 SIPO, Kelp Gull, South Polar Skua Southern Royal Albatross
Steve Roderick 412 Jun 2019 SIPO, South Polar Skua, Pied Honeyeater Grey-backed Storm-petrel
Alan Stuart 411 Jun 2019 SIPO, Pied Honeyeater, Grey Currawong New Caledonian Storm-petrel
350 Club
Dick Jenkin 393 Mar 2019 Pectoral Sandpiper, White-tailed Tropicbird, Cook’s Petrel Stejneger’s Petrel
Ian Benson 390 Jun 2019 SIPO, Australian Logrunner, Pale-yellow Robin Australian Ringneck
Graeme O’Connor 385 Jun 2019 SIPO, Aleutian Tern, Common Gull-billed Tern White-throated Honeyeater
Craig Anderson 384 Mar 2019 White-necked Petrel, Rose-crowned Fruit-Dove Stilt Sandpiper
Nick Livanos 380 Mar 2019 Aleutian Tern, Crimson Chat, Common Gull-billed Tern
Grant Brosie 374 Jun 2019 SIPO, Diamond Dove, Brown Booby White-fronted Honeyeater
Bruce Watts 374 Jun 2019 SIPO, Emerald Dove, Kelp Gull Blue Bonnet
Jeff Jones 356 Jun 2019 SIPO, Diamond Dove, White-necked Petrel
Lorna Mee 356 Mar 2019 Collared Kingfisher
300 Club
Rob McDonell 339 Mar 2019 Black Honeyeater
Alex Berryman 337 Mar 2019 Polynesian Storm-petrel
Dave Stuart 332 Mar 2019 Powerful Owl, Diamond Dove, Little Friarbird Black-faced Woodswallow
Greg Newling 330 Mar 2019 Forest Raven Blue Bonnet
Tom Clarke 315 Mar 2019 Budgerigar Mangrove Honeyeater
Trevor Williams 312 Oct 2018 Black-eared Cuckoo, Black Honeyeater, Red-backed Kingfisher
Margaret Clarke 310 Mar 2019
Krishna Nagarajan 302 Mar 2019 Brown Booby, Red-winged Parrot Yellow-plumed Honeyeater
Others’ predictions for next new species
Liam Murphy South Polar Skua
Shaun McKay Pied Heron
Dick Cooper South Polar Skua
Peter Struik Semipalmated Plover
Simon Gorta Collared Petrel
Josh Bergmark Magenta Petrel

How to obtain a badge? Simply let the records officers know what your total is, noting that to receive a 400 Club badge we will need to ensure your list has been vetted. Your badge will be presented to you at the next HBOC meeting or outing that you attend. You do not have to be a member of HBOC to apply for a badge. To make it easier for you to work out your total, you can download a generic checklist and personalise it; see below.

Here are our existing badges:

And here is our ‘425 Club’ badge – it’s a work in progress!


Hunter Region checklist (Excel spreadsheet):

As an Affiliate of BirdLife Australia, HBOC uses BirdLife’s V1.2 Working List as the basis for the taxonomy of our Hunter Region checklist. This differs from the IOC checklist in use by many Australian birders (though within the Hunter the two taxonomies are almost identical). What should you count on your list? There are a few basic rules:

  • You must have seen the bird in the Hunter Region at least once (birds that only have been heard cannot be counted). So far, more than 450 species have been recorded in the Hunter Region.
  • The Hunter Region is the area defined in HBOC’s Hunter Region Annual Bird Reports (see “Hunter Region“).
  • Species not listed in the Bird Reports cannot be included, nor can species classified as Escapees.
  • For rare birds (those listed as Category 3 in the Bird Reports) we encourage you to ensure that the HBOC Records Appraisal Committee has accepted the record. However, that’s not compulsory for receiving a 300 Club or 350 Club badge and all you have to do is submit your total to us.