Report on Black-necked Stalkers twitch results

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Subject: Report on Black-necked Stalkers twitch results
From: "Greg & Val Clancy" <>
Date: Tue, 3 Nov 2009 23:17:16 +1100
The Black-necked Stalkers, a Clarence Valley, north coast NSW, team entered the 
NSW Twitchathon for the sixth consecutive year this year.  The team, which was 
supported by the Clarence Valley Birdos, comprised Greg Clancy (head stalker), 
Russell Jago, Bev Morgan and Maureen O'Shea.  Gary Eggins was the 
non-participating scribe.  Sue Hawick was our main fundraiser.

As usual we had spent the previous twelve months planning how this year would 
be the year that we excelled.  Well it didn't quite go as planned.  The start 
was unbelievable.  One minute before the official start a Black Noddy, a 
species very rare in our area, flew into sight.  All team members, including 
the scribe, had great views but then it flew over the edge of the rock platform 
and disappeared from view - 30 seconds before the start time.  We dipped on 

We did start the list though with Eastern Reef Egret which we don't often get 
on a twitch.  Our shorebird site produced well but some important species such 
as Lesser and Greater Sand Plovers were missing as the tide wasn't high enough. 
 We did well on dusk though with Ground Parrot, Tawny-crowned Honeyeater, Brown 
Quail and King Quail all calling from the one area.  A deep call was not 
identified.  It may have been a bittern but was not the call typical of any of 
the local species.

We ticked off Black-necked Stork, Brolga and Comb-crested Jacana at the local 
wetlands and one site with artificial ponds provided views of a number of duck 
and other waterbird species.  There were four species that were only seen by 
one or two team members and therefore could not be counted.  They were 
White-winged Chough, Speckled Warbler, Chestnut-breasted Mannikin and 
White-headed Pigeon.  Our rarest bird was the White-eared Monarch followed 
closely by the Rufous Scrub-bird.

Our final total was 198 species and included the following threatened species:  
Black-necked Stork, Brolga, Blue-billed Duck, Comb-crested Jacana, Australian 
Pied Oystercatcher, Sooty Oystercatcher, Eastern Osprey, Little Tern, Ground 
Parrot, Rufous Scrub-bird, White-eared Monarch, Grey-crowned Babbler, Mangrove 
Honeyeater and Black-chinned Honeyeater.

We know where we didn't perform well and plans have been already drawn up to 
address the problems (minor though they were) for next year's attempt.  We came 
sixth in the main race and were beaten by only a few birds by the teams that 
came fourth and fifth.  The winning team's total of 247 species is mind 
boggling though.

Congratulations to the winners (and the losers) as it is a great social 
experience as well as a birding experience.

Till next year.

Greg Clancy
Head Stalker

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