2019 India eBird Yearly Challenge Winners! 1


At long last, here are the results of the 2019 India eBird Yearly Challenge. Compared with last year, this year a couple  of the challenges were a tiny bit harder. But birders in India love a good challenge, and a number of them managed to meet the various targets! Of all those who qualified by meeting the target in any particular category, one person (listed under “Lucky Draw”) was chosen at random to receive a small gift in appreciation.

ChallengeQualifiers Book giftNo. Qualifiers

Prolific

at least 450 lists in the year
Subramania Siva
Understanding Bird Behaviour Stephen Moss75

Abhin M Sunil, Abhirami C, Afsar Nayakkan, AM AMSA, Angeline Mano, Anish Aravind, Anup Prakash, Aravind AM, Aravind Amirtharaj, Arulvelan Thillainayagam, Ashwin Viswanathan, B.R. Ansil, Baseer Baniya, Deepti Krishnan, Dhruba Saikia, Dr George P J, Dr. ADIL A, Dr. NISHAD PM, Elavarasan M, Ganeshwar SV, Gireesan TU, GOVIND GIRIJA, Hakimuddin F Saify, Hareesha AS, hari kumar, Harish Dobhal, Hemant Ware, Jageshwer verma, Janardhan Uppada, Jayadev Menon, JOE M RAJA, KARTHIKEYAN R, Kshitija Gupta, Lakshmikant Neve, Lathika K K, Manoj Karingamadathil, manoj p g, Mittal Gala, Narendran M.M, Navaneeth Sini George, Panchapakesan Jeganathan, Prabhudatta Bal, Pravar Mourya, Premchand Reghuvaran, Pushpa Puliyeri, Rajarajan V, Rajesh Prasad, Rajesh Radhakrishnan, Ramaswamy V, Ramesh Desai, Renju TR, S ~ V I S H N U S A N K A R, Sahana M, Sajeev Krishnan, Sandhya Lenka, Sanjiv Khanna, Santharam V, Selvaganesh K, Sheena S, Shilpa Gadgil, Shwetha Bharathi, Sreehari K Mohan, Sreekumar Chirukandoth, Sreekumar E R, SRINILA MAHESH K T, Steffin Babu, Subhadra Devi, subramania siva, Tamil Selvan A, Taukeer Alam Lodha, VASEN SULI, VASI ., Vidhya Swaminathan, Vidya Raju, Vijaya Lakshmi

Consistent

at least 4 lists each week
Karthikeyan R
Mrs Moreau’s Warbler: How Birds Got Their Names Stephen Moss35

Anil fartiyal, Chirag Munje, Dr. ADIL A, Dr. NISHAD PM, Elavarasan M, GOVIND GIRIJA, Hakimuddin F Saify, Hareesha AS, hari kumar, Hemant Ware, Janardhan Uppada, Jayadev Menon, KARTHIKEYAN R, Kshitija Gupta, Lakshmikant Neve, Manju Sinha, Panchapakesan Jeganathan, PANKAJ GUPTA, Rajesh Prasad, Rajesh Radhakrishnan, Ramaswamy V, Ramesh Desai, Renju TR, Sajeev Krishnan, Sandhya Lenka, Selvaganesh K, Shilpa Gadgil, Sreekumar Chirukandoth, Steffin Babu, Subhadra Devi, Taukeer Alam Lodha, VASEN SULI, VASI ., Vidhya Swaminathan, Vijaya Lakshmi

Adventurous

at least 3 lists from each of at least 25 districts
Dhruba Saikia
The Genius of Birds   Jennifer Ackerman12

AM AMSA, Arulvelan Thillainayagam, Ashwin Viswanathan, Dhruba Saikia, Hareesha AS, JOE M RAJA, Lakshmikant Neve, Panchapakesan Jeganathan, Sahana M, Sanjiv Khanna, Selvaganesh K, Shwetha Bharathi

Faithful

a least 150 lists from a single location
Rajesh Prasad
Birdwatching with your Eyes Closed: An Introduction to Birdsong Simon Barnes64

Afsar Nayakkan, Ains Priestman, Ajay Gadikar, AM AMSA, Angeline Mano, Ankit Vikrant, Aravind AM, Aravind Amirtharaj, B.R. Ansil, Baseer Baniya, Chirag Munje, Deepti Krishnan, Dhananjai Mohan, Dr. ADIL A, Dr. NISHAD PM, Elavarasan M, Gireesan TU, GOVIND GIRIJA, Hareesha AS, hari kumar, HARIKRISHNAN CP, Harish Dobhal, HARSHJEET BAL, Hemant Ware, Janardhan Uppada, Jayadev Menon, KARTHIKEYAN R, Kshitija Gupta, Lakshmikant Neve, Manju Sinha, Mehala Kumar, Navaneeth Sini George, Panchapakesan Jeganathan, PANKAJ GUPTA, pradeep chandran a j, Pushpa Puliyeri, Rajesh Prasad, Rajesh Radhakrishnan, Ramakrishnan Kumaranallur, Raman Kumar, Ramaswamy V, Ramesh Desai, Regin Ross, Renju TR, S ~ V I S H N U S A N K A R , Sahana M, Sajeev Krishnan, SANJEEV NALAVADE, Santharam V, Selvaganesh K, Sheena S, Shuvendu Das, Sreekumar Chirukandoth, SRINILA MAHESH K T, Steffin Babu, Subhadra Devi, subramania siva, Sudheesh Mohan, Suhel Quader, Taufeek Umar Lodha, VASEN SULI, VASI ., Vidhya Swaminathan, Vijaya Lakshmi

Dedicated

at least 480 hours of birding in all
Sahana M
Birding Without Borders: An Obsession, A Quest, and the Biggest Year in the World Noah Strycker24

Afsar Nayakkan, AM AMSA, Dibyendu Ash, fermin jose, Hareesha AS, Irshad Theba, Jageshwer verma, Janardhan Uppada, Jayadev Menon, JOE M RAJA, Narendran M.M, Rajesh Radhakrishnan, Raju Kasambe, Renju TR, Rofikul Islam, Sahana M, Shilpa Gadgil, Shivaprakash Adavanne, Soumya Kundu, Srinivas Mallela, Sriram Reddy, Steffin Babu, Subhadra Devi, VASEN SULI

eBirder of the Year

eBirder of the month for at least 9 months
Vidhya Swaminathan
In the Company of Crows and Ravens  John Marzluff5

Aravind AM, Dhruba Saikia, Lakshmikant Neve, Subhadra Devi, Vidhya Swaminathan

Well done to all birders who met targets for any of these yearly challenges. Those chosen by lucky draw will all receive the books listed above. Special congratulations to the very devoted who qualified for the eBirder of the Year. The one person chosen by lucky draw from the four qualifiers, is:

Vidhya Swaminathan

She receives a copy of John Marzluff’s In the Company of Crows and Ravens. If you haven’t started already, do take part in the challenges for 2020 eBirder of the Year!

 


Header Image: Spotted Flycatcher by Abhishek Das/Macaulay Library at the Cornell Lab, from this checklist.

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