John Hobbs Medal Presentation

November 1, 2014

Over 70 people thoroughly enjoyed the BirdLife Northern Queensland social event of the century, the John Hobbs Medal presentation at the Ringers Rest, Mareeba.

The John Hobbs Medal was awarded to Lloyd Nielsen for a lifetime of devotion to bird studies. He was proposed by Alan Gillanders and Del Richards. A stunning piece of art work was specially commissioned by Australia's best wildlife artist, William T. Cooper. Bill very kindly produced the painting of the elusive Buff-breasted Button-quail free of charge in appreciation of Lloyd's work. In addition this painting was beautifully framed free of charge by Australian Art Framers in Cairns.

The John Hobbs Medal is awarded annually, previously by the RAOU, and now by BirdLife Australia for "outstanding contributions to ornithology as an amateur scientist". It commemorates John Hobbs (1920-1990) and was first awarded in 1990.

In addition we were treated to two other top speakers.

Sean Dooley, 'BirdLife Australia' magazine editor, birding celebrity and author, gave a hilarious account of 'The Big Twitch', his yearlong campaign to see a record number of bird species in Australia.

International writer and broadcaster Stephen Moss, BAFTA Award winning producer with the BBC Natural History Unit, was our last speaker. Stephen kept us all amused with clips from his nature film making career and gave us insights into his work with Bill Oddie. His presentation finished with a stunning montage of video segments showcasing the best of BBC wildlife filming over the last 50 years.

Lloyd Nielsen, Del Richards, Alan Gillanders and Murray Hunt with painting donated by Bill Cooper

Ian Montgomery, Margaret & David Merrall

Alan Gillanders & Del Richards

Ian Montgomery, Sean Dooley & Stephen Moss

Paul & Jean Newman, Dawn Magarry

Ian Northcott, our trusty treasurer

Doug Herrington, Pippy Cannon, John Seale, Andy Anderson, Ann Anderson (No relation!)

Ian Sinclair, Ceri Pearce, John Clarkson

Kath Shurcliff, BirdLife Northern Queensland's convenor

Greg Bortolussi & Friend

Janet Goodall, Jurgen and Graham Goodall

Allen Sheather with Murray Hunt

Sandra Christensen & Ceri Pearce

Dave Berry, Ringers Rest

Tammy Berry, Ringers Rest

Tammy Berry, Alan Gillanders, Marian & John Clarkson
& Peta Nott

The crowd listens attentively to Kath Shurcliff

Del Richards

Del Richards

Sean Dooley

Lloyd Nielsen listens in.

Lloyd Nielsen

Lloyd Nielsen



Sean Dooley with map of his travels during the Big Twitch

Stephen Moss, BBC

Kath Shurcliff presents Sean & Stephen with a collectors edition BirdLife Northern Queensland mug