|To:||alan morris <>,|
|Subject:||Preliminary Results for NSW & ACT 2005 Twitchathon|
|From:||Mick Roderick <>|
|Date:||Tue, 1 Nov 2005 13:30:59 +1100 (EST)|
Alan, Twitchathon participants and other birders,
Firstly, congrats to the WOW team for accumulating a grand total (229)...one that shattered a confident Brewing outfit, who with 227 at 4pm, were already getting the engraver out for inscription on the trophy. Alas, pipped again! But the way I look at it, looking at the past two years totals - HHB (220+227) & WOW (218+229)...it's 447 each! Looks good for a ripper showdown in 2006 (along with any other teams willing to virtually go without sleep and raise the bar even higher).
But I simply cannot help myself but to refute Alan's weather comment - please don't get me wrong Alan, I'm sure you had terrible weather! But the weather in the Hunter was nothing short of abominable. We too had the thunder storms on Sundee morning, with rain continuing for most of the day. Indeed, the only breaks in the rain for us were between approximately midday to 3pm, after which it opened up again (HHB spent the last 5 minutes standing like ducks in pouring rain waiting for an Azure Kf to fly past!). The breaking of record scores has nothing to do with weather (as previous years have been within far superior weather conditions for less species) but more to do with a fierce rivalry that has driven the wheels of competition to new extremes!!
A hearty mix of knowing where to get maximum species yield, a willingness to cover long distances, a commitment to working hard for every possible bird, good oil and dash of good luck have accounted for these scores...not good weather!
The HHB also found sponsors that have donated $100 + $1 per bird, so again hopefully Gluepot will be the real winner at the end of the day.
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