The Victorian Twitchathon has been run and won. What a race! It was the most
participated race Victoria has ever had! 16 teams birded across the state,
spelling good tidings for sponsorship and the BA Victorian Research Grant. The
Hillbillys, a new thon team based in the picturesque Noojee in Gippsland, have
alone raised nineteen hundred dollars. Well done! We also had 5 team school
teams this year! Big thanks to John Renowden for excellent assistance in
co-ordinating this. It was a very hot race; when my team birded at our secret
location in northern Victoria (Goschen FFR, damn.. I didn't mean to say that)
it was 38 degrees. Please see below the final results for the 2009 Victorian
24 HR RACE
The winner of the 24 hr race was SEVEN YEAR TWITCHERS with 215 species (Tim
Dolby, Greg Oakley, Fiona Parkin).
This was followed closely by the Bush Turkeys with 208 species (Sean Dooley,
Nevil Amos, Stuart Cooney, Paul Peake) and the Robin Rednecks with 203 species
(Michael Ramsey, Matt Weeks, Simon Starr).
8 HR RACE
The 8 hr race was one by the COMMON LOADMOUTHS with 145 species (Greg Hunt,
Philip Jackson, Russell Thomson).
2 teams snapped at their heals: the Common Driving Petrelheads with 144 and
Norwegian Blues with 141.
Nominating the best bird for the competition was really hard. In the 24 hr
there was a choice between Pied, Black and Scarlet Honeyeater, Red-backed
Kingfisher, Australian Koel, Blue-billed Duck, Shy Heathwren and Chestnut
Quail-thrush. In the 8 hr it was between Southern Emu-wren, Brolga and Black
Honeyeater. Our independent judge, the Honorable Stuart Dashper, chose
Australian Koel in the 24 hr and Black Honeyeater in the 8 hr. Well done Bush
Turkeys and Common Loadmouths.
In the 24 hr this included Gang-gang Cockatoo, Shy Albatross, Grey Currawong,
Black-shouldered Kite, Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo, Indian Myna and Wedge-tailed
Eagle. In the 8 hr Nankeen Ketrel and no Egrets. The Honorable Stuart Dashper
chose Indian Myna in the 24hr and 'no egrets' in the 8hr. Well done Tree Creeps
and Common Loadmouths.
The winner of the school teams was the Cryptic Curlews. Well done. We ended up
with 20 students who all seemed to really enjoy the experience. Eleven of the
students were in Year 6.
Please send your sponsorship form to the BA Vic Treasurer via Birds Australia
Head Office. Receipts will be returned by BA Vic to you.
Don't forget the launch of Birds Australia's new book 'Where to See Birds in
Victoria'. WHERE: Birds Australia National Office, 60 Leicester Street,
Carlton. WHEN: this Thursday November 12th; 6.30 pm - 8.30 pm. Free Champagne.
See you there.
RESULTS 2009 VICTORIAN TWITCHATHON
24 HOUR RACE
215 Seven Year Twitchers
Tim Dolby, Greg Oakley, Fiona Parkin
Best bird Pied Honeyeater, worst dip Gang-gang Cockatoo
208 Bush Turkeys
Sean Dooley, Nevil Amos, Stuart Cooney, Paul Peake
Best bird Australian Koel, worst dip Shy Albatross
203 Robin Rednecks (Nth Vic)
Michael Ramsey, Matt Weeks, Simon Starr
Best bird Red-backed Kingfisher, worst dip Grey Currawong
181 Twitching BigEyes
Steve Davidson, Andrew Hurnard
Best bird Black Honeyeater/Scarlet Honeyeater, worst dip Black-shouldered
(Also had a car breakdown)
172 Gang-gang Gang
Paul Dodd, Ruth Woodrow, Russell Woodford, Pete Shute, Karen Pearson
Best bird Scarlet Honeyeater, worst dip Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo
160 Ruddy Bustards
Matt Gibson, Gavin Thomas, James Fitzsimons
Best bird Shy Heathwren, worst dip Dusky Moorhen
138 Tree Creeps (Nth Vic)
Ross Potter, Bill Paul, Nathan Trushell, Matt Kavanagh
Best bird Chestnut Quail-thrush, worst dip Indian Myna
94 The Hillbillys (Base town Noojee, Gippsland)
Norm Sherar, Glenda Sherar, Tammy Sherar, Jonny Shirley, Norman Anderson,
Helena Anderson, Lee Pattisen and Wendy Morton-Duggan
Best bird Blue-billed Duck, worst dip Wedge-tailed Eagle
53 Cryptic Curlews (School Team)
Nicholas Adam, Alex Swann and Cameron Dart
Best bird Plumed Whistling-Duck (at Serendip), worst dip: Spotted
48 Kookaburras (School Team)
Nisura Perera, Sherman Quach, Joshua Ranftl, James Nicholls, Erhard van
Best bird Whistling Kite, worst dip Feral Pigeon
40 Adventurers (School Team)
Nick Raymond, Brandon Van Zeyl, Ryan Barton and Connor Barton
Best bird Australasian Gannet, worst dip Laughing Kookaburra
39 Schmobbes (School Team)
Joanne Lim, Kathryn Wilson, Nicola Rosmilia and Indica Lovell
Best bird Superb Blue Fairy-Wren, worst dip Crested Pigeon
30 Redbelly Honeyeaters (School Team)
Brittany Hammond, Lauren Hollier, Michaela Grima and Stephanie Edwards
Best bird Pink-eared Duck, worst dip Black Swan
8 HR RACE
145 Common Loadmouths
Greg Hunt, Philip Jackson, Russell Thomson
Best bird Black Honeyeater, worst dip no egrets
144 Common Diving Petrelheads
Lawrie Conole and Grant Bavestock.
Best bird Southern Emu-wren, worst dip, Nankeen Kestrel
141 Norwegian Blues
Jack Krohn and George Pergaminelis
Best bird Brolga
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