RE: Twitchathon 98

To: "'Geering, David'" <>, "'Ozbird Mail'" <>
Subject: RE: Twitchathon 98
From: "Conole, Lawrie" <>
Date: Fri, 13 Nov 1998 12:10:39 +1000
> I understand that the "Best Bird" recorded during the Victorian
> Twitchathon
> was Grey-crowned Babbler.  Can anyone, possibly the judges of this award,
> please explain the basis for this decision.

I'll rise to this one.  In 1998, the Victorian Twitchathon organisers asked
the winning team to select the "Best bird".  Now I appreciate that you might
have a slight bias in wishing the Regent Honeyeater to win the prize, but
remember, "Best bird" is a completely arbitrary award.  My team got "Best
bird" with Painted Honeyeater in 1995, and even with my particular interest
in that species, I regarded that as nonsense as they are easy to get in the
right spot.  All I can say in defence of Grey-crowned Babbler was that we

*       it was certainly a good bird to get in Victoria  in the 1990s
(regardless of how many teams "got" it, and we weren't privy to that info

*       that GCB was emblematic of the box-ironbark forest focus of the 98
event; and

*       it was our choice to make, and we were free to be as irrational as
we liked!

> Incidentally, if anyone knows of the whereabouts of Regent Honeyeaters at
> the moment I would love to hear from them.  We are certainly in the dark
> at
> the moment.
I can't help with that one, though I am vitally interested in the answer -
where are they?

Cheers, Lawrie Conole

Leader of the "Common Driving-Petrolheads"
Winners of the 1998 Vic Twitchathon!!!

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