VicTwitch 2010

To: "'Tim Dolby'" <>, <>
Subject: VicTwitch 2010
From: "Paul G Dodd" <>
Date: Tue, 14 Dec 2010 18:53:04 +1100
Thanks Tim!

I can see the possibility of 385 - but 390?!? There again, I never believed
we'd get to 380!

Is Indian Peafowl "officially" on the Vic list I wonder? It appears on the
Eremaea list for Victoria - but I don't know how "official" that is!

The possible species that I can see us getting:

Baillon's Crake
Crimson Chat
Little Bittern
Masked Owl
Red-backed Kingfisher

That being said, I never would have believed that we would have seen
Spangled Drongo, Double-barred Finch, Striated Heron and even Elegant Parrot
at the start of this year.

By the way, you do know that this is all your fault, don't you?!?


-----Original Message-----
From: Tim Dolby  
Sent: Tuesday, 14 December 2010 2:52 PM
To: ; 
Subject: VicTwitch 2010

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

. 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-----
 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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