The Victorian Twitchathon has been run and won and 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
(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
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
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
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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