Hi bird race fans,
As you may be aware, I'm organising an extended Victorian Twitchathon period
this year. The race was normally going to be held over the weekend of 16-17
November, however I've extended the participation period until Sunday, 14th of
December. There are two races scheduled, a 24 hour Twitchathon and a 8-hour
If you don't know what a Twitchathon is (where've you been!) - it's a race
that's run annually as a fundraising event by Birds Australia. Put simply, it's
like a walkathon but, instead of recording kilometres, you record bird species.
It involves teams of birders racing around our wonderful bush, beaches, swamps
and forests trying to identify (through sight or sound) as many bird species as
possible in 24 or 8 hours. It's great fun!
In order to participate you'll need to form a team, read the rules, fill in a
registration form, organize some sponsors, and plan your route. I'll supply all
the documentation - once I have written them up :-)
One team has already participated in the 24 hr race; a team appropriated named
the XXXX Goldfinches (Dan Eyles, Warren Tomlinson, Richard Retallick and Emily
Bolitho), based in Mildura. Well done guys! For the record their best bird was
a toss-up over large group of White-throated Needletail at Kamarooka, great
views of a Black Falcon in the Warbys, or 60+ Freckled Duck at Winton Wetlands.
Their biggest dip was Emu (by my reckoning that's a pretty good bird :-), and
they tried unsuccessfully for the Long-billed Dowitcher in fading light. What
was their final score? Well, I won't tell you that until after 14th December!
In addition, another team from Gippsland will be racing on the weekend of Nov
29th/30th. A few others birders - including myself - are interest in racing
this year, so it should be a great event.
So, if anyone is interested in racing, or perhaps forming a new team, please
contact me and discuss. FYI, my email address is mobile
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