VicTwitch 2010

To: Tim Dolby <>
Subject: VicTwitch 2010
Date: Tue, 14 Dec 2010 16:00:52 +1100
Little bittern  - has been reported calling at Reedy Lake in the last 
couple of weeks. 
Osprey - Last heard a report from Cape Otway in June....long shot now. 
Ballions Crake - gotta be some wetlands in vic that haven't been totally 
filled.  You might find a little or long-toed stint at the same place! ;)

From:   Tim Dolby <>
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Date:   14/12/2010 02:52 PM
Subject: VicTwitch 2010
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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 

. 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 

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 

. 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 Stint.

. 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-----
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 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 
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 
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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