A 24-year-old Ugandan Ashley Brain Baboineki was ranked the world’s second best birder at the just concluded intercontinental birding competition for youths in Singapore.
Baboineki was beaten only by the Costa Rican contender in the race of 78 participating nations
The two-week long competition was organized by Singapore Tourism Board and took place in three birding areas of Bird Park, Sungei Buloh and West Coast Park.
The competition targeted youth from the age of 17 to 26 years from all around the world.
The youngster this weekend presented his award and prizes during a press conference in Entebbe, which included a Silver medal, a trophy, a field guide book of world birds and a cash prize of $1,742.
“The competition was very tight and everyone seemed ready and worthy of the medal. But l would think of my Country Uganda and tell myself that l had to make my people proud and my country known to all the people in the competition,” he said.
The competition, he said, focused on birds’ family identification, continental birds, aviary terms, assessment on migratory birds, birds quiz and presentations on birds
Baboineki was sponsored in the competition by the Sustainable Birding Company that recently opened in Uganda which offers Birding services to tourists.
“I would like to urge the government of Uganda to support such activities because they put us on the map as a birding destination,” he said.
African countries that participated in the competition were Egypt, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Liberia and Madagascar.