2014 Victorian Twitchathon

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Subject: 2014 Victorian Twitchathon
From: Tim Dolby <>
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 01:16:12 +0000
Hi bird race fans,

As you may be aware, I'm organising an extended Victorian Twitchathon period 
this year. The race was normally going to be held over the weekend of 16-17 
November, however I've extended the participation period until Sunday, 14th of 
December. There are two races scheduled, a 24 hour Twitchathon and a 8-hour 

If you don't know what a Twitchathon is (where've you been!) - it's a race 
that's run annually as a fundraising event by Birds Australia. Put simply, it's 
like a walkathon but, instead of recording kilometres, you record bird species. 
It involves teams of birders racing around our wonderful bush, beaches, swamps 
and forests trying to identify (through sight or sound) as many bird species as 
possible in 24 or 8 hours. It's great fun!

In order to participate you'll need to form a team, read the rules, fill in a 
registration form, organize some sponsors, and plan your route. I'll supply all 
the documentation - once I have written them up :-)

One team has already participated in the 24 hr race; a team appropriated named 
the XXXX Goldfinches (Dan Eyles, Warren Tomlinson, Richard Retallick and Emily 
Bolitho), based in Mildura. Well done guys! For the record their best bird was 
a toss-up over large group of White-throated Needletail at Kamarooka, great 
views of a Black Falcon in the Warbys, or 60+ Freckled Duck at Winton Wetlands. 
Their biggest dip was Emu (by my reckoning that's a pretty good bird :-), and 
they tried unsuccessfully for the Long-billed Dowitcher in fading light. What 
was their final score? Well, I won't tell you that until after 14th December! 
In addition, another team from Gippsland will be racing on the weekend of Nov 
29th/30th. A few others birders - including myself - are interest in racing 
this year, so it should be a great event.

So, if anyone is interested in racing, or perhaps forming a new team, please 
contact me and discuss. FYI, my email address is  mobile 


Tim Dolby

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