January 24, 2022

2021 India eBird Yearlong Challenge Winners!

Before we announce the winners of the 2021 eBird Yearlong Challenge, here are some details on previous year’s eBirding in India.

Number of birders: 10,964
Number of observations: 66.99 lakh
Number of lists (all types): 3.66 lakh
Number of species: 1,215
Number of complete lists: 3.27 lakh
Number of unique lists with media: 51,390
Here are the names of those who met the targets of each of these different challenges for the year 2021.
Updated on 29 Jan 2022: The lists are now updated with birders who had made eligible checklists with 0 species. Currently, the eBird data download does not include 0 species lists, so thanks to all who informed us that they had not qualified for this reason.
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Challenge Qualifiers  Book gift No. Qualifiers

Prolific

more than 480 lists in the year
Raj Guhan
The Feather Thief

Kirk Wallace Johnson

80

Ajay Sarvagnam, AM AMSA, Ananyaa Dobhal, Angeline Mano M, ANURANJAN SINGH DHURWEY, Ashok Agarwal, Ashok Kolluru, Ashwin Viswanathan, Bharatendra Singh Parihar, Bijoy Venugopal, Cheran Jagadeesan, Debashis Chowdhury, Deepak Gujar, Dr. ADIL A, Elavarasan M, Gaja mohanraj, Ganeshwar S V, Garima Bhatia, Hakimuddin F Saify, Hareesha AS, Harikrishnan C P, Harish Dobhal, Harsha Jayaramaiah, Jageshwer verma, Janardhan Uppada, Jayadev Menon, JOSEPH MELKIS RAJA, kalpana jayaraman, KAMAL SINGH MARKAM, Karthikeyan G B, KARTHIKEYAN R, Lakshmikant Neve, Malyasri Bhattacharya, Manju Sinha, Manoj Karingamadathil, Mathrubhumi Seed, Mohan Moolepetlu, Moovendan Ramalingam, Panchapakesan Jeganathan, Patch Monitoring India, Praveen Bennur, Prem swaroop Kolluru, Premchand Reghuvaran, Rahul Singh, Raj Guhan, Rajesh Radhakrishnan, Ramesh Shenai, Ramnarayan K, Renju TR, Sahana M, Sajeev Krishnan, Sakthi Chinnakannu, Sandeep kumar reddy Gangasani, Sanjiv Khanna, Sarabjeet Kaur, Seema Tekam, Selvaganesh K, SELVAM MUTHUSAMY, Shashikiran Ganesh, Shilpa Gadgil, shino jacob koottanad, shyamkumar puravankara, Siddharth Biniwale , Siva T, Sreekumar Chirukandoth, Sridevi P, Steffin Babu, Subhadra Devi, Subramania Siva, Surendhar Boobalan, Tarachand Bairwa, Urjit Singh, VASEN SULI, VASI, Venkatesh S, Vidhya Swaminathan, Vigneshwaran B, Vijaya Lakshmi, Vikrant Prabhulkar, Vivek Kumar Patel.

Consistent

at least one list each day of the year (365 lists in 2021)
Steffin Babu
The Thing with Feathers

Noah Strycker

28
Ajay Sarvagnam, Amrit Raha, Ananyaa Dobhal, Ashok Agarwal, Bijoy Venugopal, Deepak Gujar, Elavarasan M, Garima Bhatia, Hakimuddin F Saify, Harish Dobhal, Janardhan Uppada, Jayadev Menon, Lakshmikant Neve, Manan Singh Mahadev, Manju Sinha, Moovendan Ramalingam, Ramesh Shenai, Renju TR, Sakthi Chinnakannu, Sanjiv Khanna, Shaurya Rahul Narlanka, Shilpa Gadgil, shyamkumar puravankara, Sreekumar Chirukandoth, Steffin Babu, Subhadra Devi, Sushant Pawar, Vidhya Swaminathan, Vijaya Lakshmi

Adventurous

at least 4 lists from at least 20 districts*

 

Vivek Menon
Tales of Remarkable Birds

Dominic Couzens

5

AM AMSA, Ashwin Viswanathan, Garima Bhatia, JOSEPH MELKIS RAJA and Vivek Menon.

Faithful

a least 180 lists from a single location
Janardhan Uppada

What the Robin Knows: How Birds Reveal the Secrets of the Natural World

Jon Young

 

89

Abhinand C, Ains Priestman, Ajay Sarvagnam, Ambady Sasi, Amee Vyas, Ananya Deshkar, Ananyaa Dobhal, Angeline Mano M, Anjali Krishna, Ankur Shringi, Ankush Nirmalkar, ANURANJAN SINGH DHURWEY, Aravind AM, Ashok Agarwal, Ashok Kolluru, Ashwini Bhatt, Bhavishya C M, Chitra Shanker, Debashis Chowdhury, Deepak Gujar, Deepti Krishnan, Dr. ADIL A, Elavarasan M, Fermin Jose, Francis D’Souza, Gaja mohanraj, Hakimuddin F Saify, Hareesha AS, Harish Dobhal, Harshith JV, Isha Lande, Janardhan Uppada, Jayadev Menon, Kadambari Devarajan, kalpana jayaraman, KAMAL SINGH MARKAM, KARTHIKEYAN R, Lakshmikant Neve, Madhu Gupta, Manju Sinha, Mohan Moolepetlu, Mohit Sahu, Nigin Babu, Nosherwan Sethna, Panchapakesan Jeganathan, Prabhudatta Bal, Praveen Bennur, Prem swaroop Kolluru, Raj Guhan, Rajesh Radhakrishnan, Raju Ankasamudra, Ramesh Shenai, Ramnarayan K, Renju TR, Revathi CM, Rishikesh Lande, Sajeev Krishnan, Sakthi Chinnakannu, Sandeep kumar reddy Gangasani, Sandhya Lenka, Sanjiv Khanna, Santharam V, Sarabjeet Kaur, sasidharan manekkara, Seema Tekam, SELVAM MUTHUSAMY, Sharad Apte, Shilpa Gadgil, shino jacob koottanad, shyamkumar puravankara, Siddharth Biniwale , Sreekumar Chirukandoth, Sridevi P, Steffin Babu, Subhadra Devi, Subhas Picheli, Subramania Siva, Sundar Muruganandhan, Surendhar Boobalan, sureshbabu p, Sushant Pawar, Syed Mustahsen, Urjit Singh, VASEN SULI, VASI, Venkatesh S, Vidhya Swaminathan, Vigneshwaran B, Vijaya Lakshmi.

Dedicated

at least 500 hours of birding in all
Chaiti Banerjee

Simon Barnes

49

Afsar Nayakkan, Ains Priestman, Ananyaa Dobhal, ANURANJAN SINGH DHURWEY, Arvind Yadav, Ashish Loya, Ashwin Viswanathan, AVINASH BHAGAT, Bharatendra Singh Parihar, Chaiti Banerjee, Chandramouli Ganguly, Clara Correia, Deepa Mohan, dhanapal kondasamy, Dr Mohammed Umer Sharieff, Fermin Jose, Francis D’Souza, Gaja mohanraj, Girish Chhatpar, Harish Dobhal, Janardhan Uppada, Jayadev Menon, JOSEPH MELKIS RAJA, Lakshmikant Neve, Manju Sinha, Nosherwan Sethna, Prakash Goray, Pranad Patil, Praveen Bennur, Rahul Singh, Raju Kasambe, Ramesh Shenai, Ranjeet Singh, Renju TR, Rofikul Islam, Sanjiv Khanna, Shakti vel, Shakuntala Pendse, Sharad Apte, Shilpa Gadgil, Shruti Hegde, shyamkumar puravankara, Srinivas Mallela, Sudip Simha, Swarup Sarkar, Tarachand Bairwa, VASEN SULI, Venkatesh S, Vikrant Prabhulkar.

eBirder of the Year

eBirder of the month for at least 9 months
Praveen Bennur
The Delightful Horror of Family Birding: Sharing Nature with the Next Generation

Eli J. Knapp

12

Ajay Sarvagnam, Ashok Agarwal, Deepak Gujar, Elavarasan M, kalpana jayaraman, Lakshmikant Neve, Praveen Bennur, Ramesh Shenai, shyamkumar puravankara, Sreekumar Chirukandoth, Steffin Babu, Vidhya Swaminathan.

 

Well done to all birders who met targets for any of these yearlong challenges. Those chosen by a 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 a lucky draw from the twelve qualifiers is Praveen Bennur. He receives a copy of Eli J. Knapp’s The Delightful Horror of Family Birding: Sharing Nature with the Next Generation.

If you haven’t started already, do take part in the challenges for the 2022 eBirder of the Year!


Header Image: Lemon-rumped Warbler (Pale-rumped Warbler) Phylloscopus chloronotus ©Puja Sharma/ Oriental Bird Club/ Macaulay Library

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