New Victorian Big Year Record Set

To: James Mustafa <>, "" <>
Subject: New Victorian Big Year Record Set
From: Peter Shute <>
Date: Thu, 1 Jan 2015 14:58:17 +1100
Congratulations, James. That will take some beating.

Just curious, how many of the 401 were lifers for you?

Peter Shute
From: Birding-Aus  On Behalf Of James 
Sent: Thursday, 1 January 2015 1:37 PM
Subject: New Victorian Big Year Record Set

Dear Birding Aus community,

I’m finally very proud and excited to officially announce that 2014 saw me
set a new Big Year record for the state of Victoria. In 365 days, I managed
to see 401 different species (IOC) across the state and in pelagic waters.
I’m yet to count up all of the kms, costs etc but a few quicks stats
include 10 pelagics, 50+ days away from home, 1100 eBird list submissions,
40+ days sea watching, 30 visits to the WTP, 2 flat tyres, 0 road killed
animals and at least 30 packets of sherbet lemons.

Highlight birds include White-cheeked Honeyeater, Black Bittern, Elegant
Parrot, House Crow, Long-billed Dowitcher, Soft-plumaged Petrel, King
Quail, Red-lored Whistler, Arctic Tern, Cape Gannet, Plum-headed Finch,
Blue Petrel, Australian Bustard, Regent Honeyeater, Brown Skua, Red-chested
Buttonquail, Orange-bellied Parrot, Striated Grasswren, Mallee Emu-wren,
Australian Little Bittern, Tawny Grassbird, Osprey, American Golden Plover,
Black-eared Miner, Beach Stone-curlew, Australian Painted Snipe, Ruff,
Broad-billed Sandpiper and Long-toed Stint to name a few. Biggest bogeys
and dips would include Crimson Chat, Plains-wanderer, Pied Honeyeater,
Greater Sand Plover, Striated Heron, Eastern Grass Owl and that Red-necked
Phalarope that decided to appear once I was safely out of the country.

I’d like to give a massive thanks to the huge number of people, supporters,
family and friends who were involved in this adventure in one-way or
another. I’d like to give a special mention to Owen Lishmund
<>, Scott Baker
<>, Tim Bawden
<>, Kevin Bartram
<>, Rob Farnes, Tim Nickholds
<>, Steven Davidson
<>, Jeff Davies
<>, Simon Starr
<>, Rohan Clarke
<>, Mike Carter
<>, Michael Ramsey
<> and Tim Dolby
<>. Most importantly a enormous thanks
and love to my very understanding girlfriend Clancye Milne
<> for tolerating, supporting and
understanding of this very selfish endeavour.

Lastly, some serious admiration and acknowledgement to Paul Dodd
<> and Ruth Woodrow
<> for their mammoth effort in setting
the previous record in 2010 of 392 species. Your commendable labours are to
be acclaimed and respected – for it set the bar so high, I spent majority
of the year thinking it was unbeatable.

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Happy birding and new year to all!
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