RE: birding-aus Queensland twitchers

To: "Peter Menkhorst"<>
Subject: RE: birding-aus Queensland twitchers
From: David James <>
Date: Fri, 05 Nov 1999 22:37:18 +1000

we abided by rules that were set in Vic for the Qld twitch. The reality is
that qld is a little too large for all teams to finish in one place. We
finished where every other team in our region finished because we were the
only team in the region. In the past we've finished in Cairns, but that
involves a 4-5 hour drive home afterwards and thats just tedious and

There's a few problems with the rules as they stand. I was impressed when
up against the Dirty Harries and Richard Loyn's team a few years ago, with
just how tight your tactics were and how many birds you saw. I wonder if
our team is comparable. How can we ever compare a run in Vic verse one in
Tas verse one in Townsville? One answer is to collect a few statisitcs,
partition the differences in local species richness and derive some
regional handicaps so that we can compare local knowledge, skill, planning
and luck accross the country.n But I don't knoww that anyone has kept much
data from the past.

At 15:23 5/11/99 +1000, Peter Menkhorst wrote:

>until you Queenslanders abide by the rules and all finish at the same
>designated place you cannot claim to hold the record.
>Seriously though, there are two separate systems running and their results
>are not strictly comparable. Twitchathons in which all teams must finish at
>the same pre-designated place will always produce a lower score than those
>where each team can chose its own finish point. Therefore, the Victorian
>totals stack up remarkably well against those from richer environments such
>as e. Qld.
>Peter Menkhorst
David James
PO BOX 5225
Townsville Mail Centre,
Qld 4810, Australia

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