VicTwitch 2010

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Subject: VicTwitch 2010
From: Tim Dolby <>
Date: Tue, 14 Dec 2010 03:52:25 +0000
Hi Paul,

Well done to you and Ruth! 366 / 380 !! Wow, what a great effort! When I did my 
first VicTwitch in 2006 I said that anybody who gets over 350 would have to go 
'totally sick'. Considering the total that you've got, 'totally insane' is a 
far more apt description.

Looking at your list I reckon you've still got a realistic chance at seeing:

. Baillon's Crake - worth trying Banyule Flats - but you may need to get wet. 
I've done this several times. Also Blue Lake Reserve at Ocean Grove, Lake 
Wendouree, Mill Park Lakes.

. Crimson Chat - I saw one this year on the Meridian Track at northern 
Wyperfeld in Sept, so there's a few about. Of course it is worth trying Goschen 
& Lake Tutchewop. We didn't see them on the Twitchathon, but that was over a 
month ago. Also a couple of km down Trinita Rd and near Shearers Quaters in 
Murray Sunset National.

. Little Bittern - recently seen Hirds Swamp, and worth a night time trip to 
Mill Park Lakes or Eastern Treatment Plant, where, if they are about, you 
should hear them.

. Masked Owl - another Gippsland trip again, again! I've also had a report near 
the Cape Otway Lighthouse (a few km before the lighthouse in the areas where 
all the Koala's hang out) and, of course, behind Lorne.

. Red-backed Kingfisher - let's hope a bird or two turns up near Rutherglen. 
During the Twitchathon my team thought we may have heard one at the You Yangs, 
but didn't have time to follow up.

. Australian Pratincole - at Terrick2 I reckon there'd bound to be one or two 
in grasslands along Bendigo Creek at the moment.

. Long-toed Stint - one is bound to turn up at the Conservation Pond 
(north-east corner) before NYE.

. Australian Painted Snipe - best Hird Swamp and Kerang Lakes generally, and I 
assume you've gone for the pair at Tree Swamp and Ganers Swamp near Corop.

Also possibly:

. King Quail - if you're willing to do a French Island thing i.e. near Long 
Swamp and along Link Road.

. Inland Dotterel - you would need to plan a night-time search of the chenopod 
shrublands at Ned's Corner. I've seen them there at night (at 3:00am in the 
morning, after returning from an unscheduled trip the Mildura Hospital!) along 
Ned's Corner Rd.

. Australian Bustard - I'd give up on Australian Bustard near Southern 
Wyperfeld,  and that way you might actually see one! For example Greg Oakley in 
2006 saw one near Kerang.

. Cape Gannet - I'm not sure what the current status of Cape Gannet at Portland.

. Also also Indian Peafowl, there are a few places in Vic where Indian Peafowl 
are found (such as bordering Newlyn Res). You could go and see them and add 
them to a supplementary list i.e. not your final official/final List. For 
example last year I had 10 species I'd "seen" but didn't include (some for 
obvious reasons) including Great-winged Petrel, Wedge-tailed Shearwater, Plumed 
Whistling-Duck, Indian Peafowl (Newlyn Res), Sooty Owl, Mandarin Duck, 
Wandering Albatross, Southern Giant-Petrel, Common Diving-Petrel and Little 

. And the odd rarity might turn up - last year if you remember we had Eastern 
Yellow Wagtail and Hudsonian Godwit.

My advice for you and Ruth - you still have plenty of time to go totally crazy 
(and see up to 390)!


Tim Dolby

-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of Paul G Dodd
Sent: Monday, 13 December 2010 9:45 PM
Subject: VicTwitch 2010

Hi birding-aussers,

Some of you may know - especially if you follow us on Twitter or Facebook -
Ruth and I have spent this year chasing Tim Dolby's VicTwitch record. Last
year Tim managed to see 345 species in Victoria (excluding pelagic trips).
This year Ruth and I have seen 380 species in Victoria (including pelagic
trips - about 366 excluding pelagic trips).There are a number of species
that we have not yet managed to see, but there are still 18 days left of
this year!

Following is the list of species from the Victorian list that we have not
seen this year. We certainly don't expect to see them all, but we're both
taking the last two weeks of the year off and intend to devote ourselves to
getting as many of the remaining species as possible.

We would appreciate any assistance with finding any of these species. If
anyone has reasonably recent sightings of any of them, could you please let
us know?

Thanks in advance!

Paul Dodd

Docklands, Victoria

King Quail

Indian Peafowl

Common Pheasant (unsure if this is on the Victorian list)

Grey-headed Albatross

Sooty Albatross

Light-mantled Sooty Albatross

Southern Fulmar

Kerguelen Petrel

White-headed Petrel

Mottled Petrel

Cook's Petrel

Gould's Petrel

Salvin's Prion

Flesh-footed Shearwater

Wedge-tailed Shearwater

Little Shearwater

Cape Gannet

Little Bittern

Black Bittern


Letter-winged Kite

Baillon's Crake

Australian Bustard

Oriental Plover

Inland Dotterel

Semi-palmated Plover

Sandpipers and Allies

Terek Sandpiper

Little Stint

Long-toed Stint

Red-necked Phalarope

Australian Pratincole

Oriental Pratincole


Australian Painted Snipe

South Polar Skua

Long-tailed Jaeger

Masked Owl

Red-backed Kingfisher

Crimson Chat

Ground Cuckoo-shrike


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