RE: Twitchathon

Subject: RE: Twitchathon
Date: Mon, 30 Oct 1995 15:17:13 GMT+10
Well the Common Driving Petrolheads had a mighty impressive list and 
their list of embarrassing omissions was no where near as long as 
ours! Our parrot and honeyeater sightings were particulalry poor and 
hence such super-rare (sarcasm, sarcasm) spp. such as New Holland HE, 
Red-browed Firetail, Pied and Little Pied Cormorant, Whistling Kite, 
Brown Goshawk, Richards Pipit, Yellow and Yellow-rumped T'bill all 
eluded our twitching (some were actaully seen but alas not by more 
than 50% of the team - probably the most frustrating of these was 
the Black Kite which we virtually collided with with the two of 
team getting good enough views to twitch and the other two seeing 
nothing but a dark raptor suddenly loom periously close to the 
windscreen). These were compensated by several unanticipated pluses 
such as Spotted Harrier, Regent Parrot, Yellow-rumped Pardalote and 
Owlet Nightjar. The highlight was undoubtedly the Avoca Floodway 
about 23km this side of Swan Hill on the Murray Valley Highway. This 
area, just beside the Highway (Lake Tutchewop lies just behind it) 
floods after heavy rain in the area and attracts thousands of 
waterbirds. We were all absolutley enthralled to see, as the sun set
painting the sky pink behind us, what must of been close to 1000 
Marsh Terns wheeling and diving together over one 
litte shallow area - there were many more elsewhere along the flood 
way as well- as well as hundreds of Stilts, Avocets, Ducks, Black-
tailed Native-Hen, Red-kneed Dotterel and Sharp-tailed Sandpiper.
    It was a great weekend and we look forward to doing better next 
year and topping our 142 of this time. Congratulations to all teams 
in all states and please give us all a run down on your 24 hours of 
birding madness.

Sean Pywell for Peter Fell, Josh McGoldrick and David Taylor for the 
Sore-arse Cranes (we promise to have a better name next year).

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