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 – and you’re now eligible for a special badge. And for those who have made it to the next milestone, there’s also the Hunter 350 Club and a 400 Club (which of course is a rather exclusive one!).
How to obtain a badge? Simply let Dan Williams know what your new total is (firstname.lastname@example.org). Your badge will be presented to you by Alan Stuart 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, and you do not need your list of birds to be peer-reviewed unless you want your tally posted onto this website. To make it easier for you to work out your total, you can download a generic checklist and personalise it: see below.
Hunter Region checklist (Excel spreadsheet): Hunter list BLA taxonomy V1.2 September 2015
You should note that, 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 birders; however HBOC and BLA are primarily motivated by interests in bird conservation, for which the BLA V1.2 Checklist is more appropriate. Within the Hunter Region, the BLA V1.2 list actually is the longer list, since it includes several albatross species which are treated as sub-species by the IOC.
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 440 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.
In 2013 we introduced the requirement of a peer-review process for people listed with a Hunter Region tally on this website. With the peer-reviewed lists, we require that the HBOC Records Appraisal Committee has accepted the record of any rare bird (i.e. those listed as Category 3 in the Bird Reports) – for this, either the observer must have submitted a report to the RAC and had it accepted, or else the observation has to have occurred during a period when other observers confirmed the species to be present. From the end of 2014, only the peer-reviewed tallies will be posted on the website. Badges for the 400 Club are only available to people with peer-reviewed lists.
Roll of Honour
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Other people in the 350 Club
The following people (in no particular order) have reported seeing more than 350 species in the Hunter Region and have received a 350 Club badge, but have yet to have their lists peer-reviewed (however, in some cases that peer-review process is underway). We recognise that it can take a long time to recall exactly where and when each species was seen in the Hunter.
Robert McDonald, Phil Hansbro, Michael Kearns, Alan Morris, Jim Smart
Other people in the 300 Club
The following people (in no particular order) have reported seeing more than 300 species in the Hunter Region and have received a 300 Club badge, but have yet to have their lists peer-reviewed. We recognise that it can take a long time to recall exactly where and when each species was seen in the Hunter.
Chris Herbert, Greg Newling, Tim Faulkner, Keith Laverick, Greg Little, Brad Gabriel, Colin Goodenough, Craig Arms, Shaun Corry, Tom Clarke, John Cockerell, Rob McDonell