WA Twitchathon 2012 - Provisional Results

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Subject: WA Twitchathon 2012 - Provisional Results
From: John Graff <>
Date: Wed, 12 Dec 2012 09:31:56 +0800

G'day all, The WA Twitchathon was held across the weekend of the 1st & 2nd of 
December, and I hope it was an enjoyable weekend for all participants 
(unfortunately I had to pull out due to illness) The good news from this year 
is that there have been new high counts recorded in all three categories 
(possibly a legacy of some extra arid birds around?). On the flipside, it seems 
all winning teams from last year have retained their trophies (I guess with the 
slight exception of a name change and some team member shuffling for the 12hr 
winners). Great for those teams but not so good for the rest :D Many thanks 
again to all the participants, the Twitchathon only works if people sign up!
Anyhow, below are the provisional results - the final presentations will take 
place at the BirdLife WA meeting on the 21 January Cheers,John
24hr Competition
1st - 182: Western Whistlers (Steve Burns & Mark Newman)
2nd - 177: The Ruff Knights (Russell Cannings, Bruce Greatwich & Nigel Jackett)
3rd - 162: S.W.A.T. (Rose Ferrell, David Secomb & Peter Taylor)
4th - 143: The Big Twits (Martin Cake & Greg Howell) - obviously missing their 
star performer :D
5th - 117: Hunters & Collectors (Rowan Du Boulay, Ian Purdy & Louis Purdy)
6th - 115: The Rainbow Avocets (Morgan Pickering & Robyn Pickering)
7th - 87: Stark Raven Mad (Wes Bancroft, Scarlett Bancroft & Leo Bancroft)
12hr Competition
1st - 145: The Whiskered MOB (Dimitris Bertzeletos, Wayne Merritt & Frank 
2nd - 85: Peeping Pardalotes (Kerry Cowie, Andrew Hobbs, Jill Hobbs & Libby 
Armchair Competition
1st - 63: Lazy Old Bustards (George Agar & Pam Agar - Canning Wetlands)
2nd - 45: The OBE Team (Clive Napier, Wendy Napier & Brian Wilson -Yangebup 
3rd - 44: Grey-crowned Babblers (Ray Flanagan, Maris Lauva & Sue Mather - 
Herdsman Lake)
Best Bird: There are some excellent candidates this year, many as a result of 
the influx of arid zone birds into the greater Perth area. Some excellent 
candidates include Budgerigar (Western Whistlers at Wearne Rd and Whiskered MOB 
near Lake McLarty), Diamond Dove (Hunters & Collectors at Bickley Brook 
Reservoir), Masked Owl (Western Whistlers at Dryandra), Zebra Finch (Big Twits 
near Wongan Hills), White-fronted Honeyeater (Big Twits near Wongan Hills), and 
Black Honeyeater (Rainbow Avocets at Wearne Rd)
Worst Dip: A few good candidates, but though I prefer not to award this prize 
jointly, it's really hard to go past Australian Magpie (missed by Grey-crowned 
Babblers and The O.B.E. Team)                                        

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