Re: Victorian Twitchathon 05

Subject: Re: Victorian Twitchathon 05
Date: Wed, 16 Nov 2005 11:20:54 +1100
Tim wrote "After 3 hours sleep" and "After packing up our tents".

Tim, there's your problem ...

Tents??, three hours sleep??  No wonder you fell short of 200. 

If you want to give your sponsors full value for their money you need to 
ditch the tents - it's wasting valuable birding time putting them up and 
then pulling them down!!.  Try sleeping on some hard concrete or a picnic 
table if you want a bit more luxury.  Sleep simply cuts into yet more 
valuable birding time.  I will concede that you might need a hours snooze 
at some stage (but no more!) to ensure you can tell the difference between 
the real birds and those hallucinations.  You might feel like crap later 
but the adrenalin should get you through until 4.00PM Sunday - and that's 
all that matters!  Mind you, a down side, as one of my team members found, 
is that there may be a tendency to drop off through the proceedings at the 
post-twitchathon BBQ.

As a twitchathon veteran I've discovered that there is always room for 
improvement.  The mighty Whacked-out Woodswallows managed 229 in NSW 
several weekends ago.  Today I got a phone call from one of my team 
members telling me she's working on some minor tweaking of our run for 
next year so we can better our effort.  I'm scared, very scared! 


David Geering
Regent Honeyeater Recovery Coordinator
Department of Environment & Conservation
P.O. Box 2111
Dubbo  NSW  2830
Ph: 02 6883 5335 or Freecall 1800 621 056
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