WA Twitchathon 2009

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Subject: WA Twitchathon 2009
From: John Graff <>
Date: Sat, 19 Dec 2009 13:39:08 +0800
Hi all,

The inaugural WA Twitchathon was run successfully over last weekend, although 
temperatures hovering around 40C on Sunday made it uncomfortable at times. The 
best sighting was awarded to Little Curlew (seen by The Big Twits, Canny Owls & 
A Schnifter of Schnerders at Lake McLarty) narrowly ahead of Malleefowl 
(S.W.O.T.) and with honourable mention to Little Penguins from shore in 
Mandurah (The Big Twits). The worst dip was awarded to Rainbow Lorikeet 
(JEMMs), narrowly from Singing Honeyeater (Peeping Pardalotes) with honourable 
mentions to Welcome Swallow (Stark Raven Mad) and Laughing Kookaburra (Flying 
Nomads). The full results for the competitions are below. S.W.O.T. won the 24 
hour race by a relatively comfortable 6 species, but the 12 hour race was much 
closer, with the Melville Hava-chats winning by the barest of margins from A 
Schnifter of Schnerders.

24-hour Twitch
1st - 149 species: S.W.O.T. (South West Ornithological Trackers) (Peter Taylor, 
David Secomb & Erica Shedley)
2nd - 143 species: Canny Owls (Frank O'Connor, Wynton Maddeford & Alan 
3rd - 139 species: The Big Twits (Alan Collins, Martin Cake, Greg Howell & John 
4th - 98 species: Stark Raven Mad (Wes Bancroft & Natalie Warburton)
5th - 80 species: (Andrew Chuk & Katherine Chuk)
6th - 60 species: Charabanc (Peter Thom & Jim Burgett)

12-hour Twitch
1st - 109 species: Melville Hava-chats (Robyn Pickering, Robin Ashford & Gavin 
2nd - 108 species: A Schnifter of Schnerders (Stewart Ford, Matt Love, Victoria 
Cartledge & Belinda Barnett)
3rd - 93 species: JEMMs (Ted Cawley, Maureen Cawley, Maris Lauva & John 
4th - 85 species: Peeping Pardalotes (Andrew Hobbs, Jill Hobbs, Rose Haswari & 
Mark Newman)
5th - 84 species: Flying Nomads (Colin Heap & Ron Dibbens)

8-hr Armchair Twitch
1st - 52 species: The O.B.E. Team (Clive Napier, Wendy Napier & Brian Wilson)

Many thanks to all those who participated and made it a successful event, and 
also to those involved in the east coast competitions who responded to my RFI 
many months ago with helpful suggestions about rules etc. Thanks also to those 
on the BAWA excursions committee who were very helpful with the planning.


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