Twitchathon 07 - Vic Results

To: "Tim Dolby" <>, <>
Subject: Twitchathon 07 - Vic Results
From: "Tim Dolby" <>
Date: Thu, 15 Nov 2007 21:22:30 +1100
Hi birding-aussers,

I thought I'd give everyone a quick summary of the results in the 2007 
Victorian Twitchathon. The 24 HOUR RACE was won by the SEVEN YEAR TWITCHERS 
while the 8 HOUR CHAMPAGNE RACE was won by ROBIN REDNECKS. Well done both teams.

This year the Victorian Twitchathon featured 3 new teams and 2 country teams. 
It was great to catch up with a number of teams during the race. Everyone 
seemed tired but in fantastic spirits. If there was an award for the Best 
Spirited Team it must surely go to the Common Loudmouths. When I saw them they 
were having a ball!

Bird totals seemed to be down a bit this year. This was possibly because of 
flat seas in the bay and at sea, so no seabirds such as albatross, shearwater, 
prion, jaeger or Black-faced Cormorant and so on; and woodland diversity in 
Victoria was very low (possibly due to the ongoing 'drought').

BEST BIRD: There were some excellent birds recorded during the race, such as 
Black Honeyeater, Orange Chat, Australian Pratincole and Ruff. In the end the 
best bird award went to Masked Owl, recorded by the Twitching BigEyes, a nice 

BIGGEST DIP: The biggest dip award was much harder to judge. Dips included 
Spotted Pardalote, Dusky Moorhen, Australian White Ibis and White-browed 
Scrubwren. After some deliberation it was decided biggest dip would go to 
Silvereye. Nice dip for the Stirlings from Bendigo.

BIG THANKS to the Australian Birdfair for supplying the major prize: 2 days 
accommodation in Leeton. This was awarded to the Robin Rednecks for an 
excellent effort in the 8 hour race. Thanks to Andrew Isles Natural History 
Books for supplying the other prizes. Thanks also Australian Geographic. An 
article on the twitchathon will be coming to your local newsagent soon. Finally 
thanks to Greg and Fiona on my team for some great birding.


Tim Dolby
Victorian Twitchathon Coordinator


203     Seven Year Twitchers
Tim Dolby, Greg Oakley, Fiona Parkin & guest Rodney Dekker (Australian 
Best Bird(s): Australian Pratincole & Orange Chat
Worst Dip: Long-billed Corella

182     Common Loudmouths
Philip Jackson, Greg Hunt, Paul Kelly, Russell Thomson, Max Arney (& Frank 
Mitchell, Ken Norris)
Best Bird(s): Orange Chat & Black Honeyeater
Worst Dip: Black-shouldered Kite

175     Twitching BigEyes
Steve Davidson & Andrew Hurnard
Best Bird(s): Masked Owl
Worst Dip: Spotted Pardalote & Dusky Moorhen


148    Robin Rednecks
Matt Weeks & Mick Ramsey
Best Bird(s): Black Falcon & Olive Whistler
Worst Dip: Australia White Ibis

137     Norwegian Blues
Jack Krohn, Louise Grgat & George Pergaminelis
Best Bird(s): Pectoral Sandpiper

135     Kevin Ruddy Turnstone
Stuart Dashper & John Harris
Best Bird(s): Ruff & Crested Shriketit
Worst Dip: Black-shouldered Kite & Dusky Moorhen

118     Horsfield's Brunswick Cuckoos
Nicole Spillane, Paul Jacobson & Matthew Frederiksen
Best Bird(s): Diamond Firetail
Worst Dip: White-browed Scrubwren

87     Swat Team (Stirlings with a Twitch!)
Tim Stirling & Jodie Stirling
Best Bird(s): Pink-eared Duck
Worst Dip: Silvereye

Tim Dolby
Victorian Twitchathon Coordinator

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