I agree with Lawrie. Its amazing how many common birds one misses when rushing
from spot to spot instead of dedicating time to one spot. One of the joys of
the race I guess. In saying that, several years ago Nick Livanos and I entered
the very popular 5hr Twitch up here in the Hunter and scored 114 species
(pretty sure that was the total, if not somewhere close) restricting ourselves
to the Newcastle City Council boundaries, which I'm guessing is a much smaller
area then Singapore, but with a fraction of the population.
--- On Wed, 29/10/08, Lawrie Conole <> wrote:
> From: Lawrie Conole <>
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Singapore Twitchathon
> To: "Birding Aus" <>
> Received: Wednesday, 29 October, 2008, 10:30 AM
> Carl Clifford wrote:
> >metropolitan area) and a population density of nearly
> 6800 per Sq. Km.
> >Perhaps running madly around the countryside is not the
> best technique
> >in a Twitcathon.
> Maybe if Australia was the size of Singapore you'd be
> right! Our ~700
> regular bird species are somewhat spread out over a large
> continent -
> running madly about is more or less mandatory if you want
> to see more than
> 50-100 species.
> The last time I participated in the Victorian Twitchathon
> was in 2003, when
> we won the 8-hour event with 156 species. We stayed within
> about 100km of
> Melbourne during the 8 hours, and did much less mad running
> about than we
> were used to in the 24-hour event, but still considerably
> more movement than
> your average Singaporean Twitchathon-er.
> By the way, I note that our old 8-hour total hasn't
> been matched yet - an
> incentive for some in the coming 2008 Vic Twitchathon ;-)
> Lawrie Conole
> 28 Reid Street
> Northcote 3070 AUSTRALIA
> lconole at gmail dot com
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