> I understand that the "Best Bird" recorded during the Victorian
> was Grey-crowned Babbler. Can anyone, possibly the judges of this award,
> please explain the basis for this decision.
I'll rise to this one. In 1998, the Victorian Twitchathon organisers asked
the winning team to select the "Best bird". Now I appreciate that you might
have a slight bias in wishing the Regent Honeyeater to win the prize, but
remember, "Best bird" is a completely arbitrary award. My team got "Best
bird" with Painted Honeyeater in 1995, and even with my particular interest
in that species, I regarded that as nonsense as they are easy to get in the
right spot. All I can say in defence of Grey-crowned Babbler was that we
* it was certainly a good bird to get in Victoria in the 1990s
(regardless of how many teams "got" it, and we weren't privy to that info
* that GCB was emblematic of the box-ironbark forest focus of the 98
* it was our choice to make, and we were free to be as irrational as
> Incidentally, if anyone knows of the whereabouts of Regent Honeyeaters at
> the moment I would love to hear from them. We are certainly in the dark
> the moment.
I can't help with that one, though I am vitally interested in the answer -
where are they?
Cheers, Lawrie Conole
Leader of the "Common Driving-Petrolheads"
Winners of the 1998 Vic Twitchathon!!!