Dowitcher Dip

To: Jenny Spry <>, birding-aus <>
Subject: Dowitcher Dip
From: Tim Dolby <>
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 07:07:11 +0000
Hi all,

To follow on from Jen typically wonderful account of her twitching trip to see 
the Short-nosed/Long-nosed/American/Short-tailed (my typo) Dowitcher, just a 
quick reply about my twitching trip, whoops, I mean twitching dip.

Well, actually dip is probably the wrong word in this case. Although I'd packed 
the binos, bags, camera, etc, and everything was ready to go, and in the car, I 
did actually leave the house! I was planning to go the same day as Jen and 
others, however my wonderful wife informed me that I HAD to pick up my son 
James from school and would have to wait till she got home. So, knowing that I 
wouldn't get there until after dark, I rescheduled for the next morning.

Everything was settled. Two great days around Lake Tutchewop, Goschen and Swan 
Hill (one of my fav Victorian birding spots) was planned. So, woke up, got out 
of bed, dragged a comb across my head, dropped both kids off at school - one 
primary, the other secondary - then ready to go. Then, the message that all 
birders dread! Especially when you've got a life tick on your very doorstep; 
"unfortunately the bird has not been seen today"! What!!!

So, while Jen and other birders relax, maybe back in Melbourne, sipping their 
caffè latte, or drinking a cold well-deserved ale, and gloat about the great 
bird they've just seen ("didn't it look fantastic in its full breeding 
plumage!", etc), I sat at my computer, continually checking stupid Birding-aus, 
Eremaea and Facebook (they're not really stupid, just today, they're very 
stupid), and hoped that one of those brave birding souls who's currently up at 
Lake Tutchewop find that stupid Short-tailed Dowitcher (my typo), or what ever 
it is. Of course, I'd go and look myself, but, you know, kids.

So, in these circumstance, naturally there's only two things that can be wished 
for. One, the bird turns up again, I jump in the car, and get myself a life 
tick - then drink a quiet beer and gloat like crazy i.e. "gee, the bill was 
really long wasn't it!". Or, two, hope that it's identity is never fully 
resolved, so everyone who's already seen it can only tick a 'possible so and 
so'. That's not too harsh is it?


From: Birding-Aus  on behalf of Jenny Spry 

Sent: Thursday, November 13, 2014 4:46 PM
To: birding-aus
Subject: Dowitcher trip

Hi all,

Here's how the Great Dowitcher Twitch went for me. I heard about it on
Monday and by 1600 I had arranged to go up with friends and we left my
place at 0430 Tuesday. After a frantic four-hour drive filled with the
excitement of seeing such a rare bird and the fear it had already left we
arrived at the lake.

Of course the sighting had to be filled with stress. We arrived at the
north end of the lake where it had been seen the day before and joined a
few people staring at a few common waders – no Dowitcher in sight!! Then a
phone call from the south end of the lake, the bird had been found – a mad
dash along the dirt track on top of an irrigation channel BUT, the bird had
flown, we "should have been there 10 minutes ago", that age old birding

A nervous group of birders, now about 14 people, huddled around scopes for
half an hour in the cold morning wind looking at where the bird had been
and willing it to emerge from behind a pelican or stilt. Another phone
call! The bird's at the north end! A convoy of 6 cars dash wildly back
along the irrigation channel and stop, people fall out of cars and creep
toward a small group peering into scopes. There it is, a sigh of relief
from all and lots of relieved laughter. Quite the mega-twitch.

To finish the day off we pulled into a small dust track beside the river at
Kerang and there we found a small family of Grey-crowned Babblers, a bird
rarely seen anywhere near Kerang, a real surprise.


<BR> Birding-Aus mailing list
<BR> To change settings or unsubscribe visit:
This email, including any attachment, is intended solely for the use of the 
intended recipient. It is confidential and may contain personal information or 
be subject to legal professional privilege. If you are not the intended 
recipient any use, disclosure, reproduction or storage of it is unauthorised. 
If you have received this email in error, please advise the sender via return 
email and delete it from your system immediately. Victoria University does not 
warrant that this email is free from viruses or defects and accepts no 
liability for any damage caused by such viruses or defects.

<BR> Birding-Aus mailing list
<BR> To change settings or unsubscribe visit:

<Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread>

The University of NSW School of Computer and Engineering takes no responsibility for the contents of this archive. It is purely a compilation of material sent by many people to the birding-aus mailing list. It has not been checked for accuracy nor its content verified in any way. If you wish to get material removed from the archive or have other queries about the archive e-mail Andrew Taylor at this address: andrewt@cse.unsw.EDU.AU