TRIP REPORT: Twitchathon

Subject: TRIP REPORT: Twitchathon
From: (Scott Chandry)
Date: Tue, 29 Oct 1996 10:14:14 +0000 (MUT)
Congratulations to all of the twitchathon teams, there were lots of great 
totals and everyone seemed to look terrific and wide awake at the barbecue

We, the Plain Silly Wanderers (John Boyce, Scott Chandry and non team 
member but designated driver Cecilia Chandry) decided to follow Lawrie 
Conole and the Common Driving Petrolheads lead and submit a complete trip 
report for our first twitchathon.  Our final total was 127.

Our start was near Little Desert N.P. (LDNP) in western Victoria.  We did 
a bit of scouting on the Friday and early Saturday before the competition 
began.  Our best sighting of the trip was before the start of the 
twitchathon.  During our drive from LDNP to Nhill for dinner we spotted 
the face of a Barn Owl in the grass by the side of the road.  As we pulled 
up and shut down the car it flew onto a fence post and gave us excellent 
views until it decided that it was sick of us and took off.  Another 
highlight was the seemingly uncountable 1000s of Banded Stilts in the 
lakes near Natimuk south of LDNP.

During the twitchathon we had both good and bad luck.  On the bad side we 
spotted some Pink-eared ducks at our starting point but lost sight of them 
when the start time arrived, we didnAt bother to track them down because 
they would be easy to get at Werribee sewage plant.  Normally they seem to 
be there in the millions but on Sunday they must have had somewhere more 
pleasant to go.  We lost lots of valuable daylight on the Saturday while 
travelling on a dirt track and came upon a flock of about 100 sheep moving 
slightly slower than walking pace.  We were within just a few hundred 
metres of the wide paved road but couldnAt get by, we just waited to see 
which came first, getting by the sheep or our car overheating.  Also, on 
Fri & Sat we saw stacks of thornbills but once the counting began they 
became so scarce that we thought we might not get any (we finally got some 
but only two).  Although probably our worst miss was an Eastern yellow 

On the good luck side, just after the sheep put us off schedule we arrived 
at the Sanctuary Nature walk in LDNP and the Mallefowl had kindly left his 
mound and come to the carpark to save us some time.  We were also lucky 
enough to watch two Brown goshawks fight over a rabbit.  The Shy heathwren 
which popped into view just long enough for us to count is was also a 
bonus.  And, just when we had written off Yellow-tailed black cockatoo a 
small flock flew past the car window on the road toward the Brisbane 
Ranges while we were speeding along at 100 kph.

P. Scott Chandry

Full list follows:

Lakes near Natimuk and the roads between:

Aust. Shelduck
Blue-billed duck
Musk duck
Grey teal
Little Black Cormorant
Great crested grebe
Hoary-headed grebe
Superb fairy-wren
Silver gull
Swamp Harrier
House sparrow
Purple swamphen
Aust. magpie
Laughing kookaburra
Welcome swallow
Nankeen kestrel

Mitre Rock:

White-browed babbler
Red-rumped parrot
Brown treecreeper
Spiny-cheeked honeyeater (HE)
White-plumed HE

On the road to Little Desert Lodge:

Tree martin
Noisy minor
Willie wagtail
Straw-necked ibis
Yellow-rumped thornbill
Black-necked stilt
White-fronted chat
White-faced heron
Masked lapwing
Red-necked avocet
Banded stilt
Long-billed corella
Jackie winter
Eastern rosella

Little Desert Lodge:

Red wattlebird
Purple-crowned lorikeet
Shy heathwren
Crested pigeon
Tawny-crowned HE
New Holland HE
Diamond firetail
Grey shrike-thrush
Grey Currawong
White-throated treecreeper
Black-shouldered kite
GilbertAs whistler
Common bronzewing
Brown falcon

Sanctuary Nature walk (LDNP):

Ringneck parrot
White-eared HE
Variegated fairy-wren
White-winged chough

Kiata Campground (LDNP):

White-fronted HE
Peaceful dove
Hooded Robin
Dusky woodswallow
Australian raven
Black-tailed native hen
White-necked heron
Black-fronted dotterel
Pacific black duck
Spotted pardalote
Sacred kingfisher
Southern boobook 



Rock dove

Road to Clunes

RichardAs pipit

Mt Beckworth:

Red-browed finch
Whistling kite
Wood duck
Fuscous HE
Striated pardalote
White-naped HE
Little eagle
Golden whistler
Scarlet robin
Yellow-faced HE

Road to Brisbane Ranges NP:

White ibis
Yellow-tailed black cockatoo
Crimson rosella

Brisbane Ranges NP:

White-browed scrubwren
Black swan
Grey fantail
Brown thornbill
Sulphur-crested cockatoo
Yellow-tufted HE
Rufous whistler
Brown goshawk

Werribee (Western Treatment Plant):

Common myna
Little pied cormorant
Dusky moorhen
Little raven
Whiskered tern
Fairy martin
Chestnut teal
Red-necked stint
Aust. pelican
Golden-headed cisticola
Curlew sandpiper
Common greenshank
Aust. Shoveler
Black-tailed godwit
Sharp-tailed sandpiper
Royal spoonbill
Little grassbird
Pied cormorant
Pied oystercatcher
Pacific gull
Crested tern
Clamorous reed warbler

Flemington-Parkville-Zoo area:

Song thrush
Tree sparrow
Aust. grebe
Spotted turtledove
Rainbow lorikeet

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