WA Twitchathon 2012 - Provisional Results

Subject: WA Twitchathon 2012 - Provisional Results
From: Dimitris Bertzeletos <>
Date: Wed, 12 Dec 2012 04:12:06 -0800 (PST)
Again thank you John for organizing this and have a speedy recovery! Those 
rarities aren't going to find themselves :P

On Wednesday, December 12, 2012 9:31:56 AM UTC+8, John Graff wrote:
>  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 
> O'Connor)
> 2nd - 85: Peeping Pardalotes (Kerry Cowie, Andrew Hobbs, Jill Hobbs & 
> Libby McGill)
> *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 Lake)
> 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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