NSW and ACT Twitchathon

To: Mick Roderick <>
Subject: NSW and ACT Twitchathon
From: Kai Schraml <>
Date: Tue, 3 Nov 2015 01:55:45 +0000
Fantastic, Mick! Glad to hear all had a great time with some great 
results—especially for the Powerful Owl! ~Kai
> On 3 Nov 2015, at 12:44 pm, Mick Roderick <> wrote:
> Hi all,
> A quick note to say that the NSW and ACT Twitchathon was run on the weekend 
> just past. There were 32 teams taking part, comprised of 104 participants, 
> ranging from the Main Race to the Childrens' races. 
> For the second year running, the Dodgy Drongo's pipped the Hunter Home 
> Brewers by one bird to take out the Main Race prize (preliminary results at 
> this stage). The Hunter Home Brewers thought they had it in the bag arriving 
> at the end location with 247 species under their belt, only to find that the 
> Drongo's had posted 248! The key difference between these two teams is that 
> the Brewers combine NSW mallee / Lake Cargelligo poo ponds with Lower Hunter 
> rainforest, as opposed to the more productive Barrington Tops rainforests, 
> which are out of reach for teams commencing in the mallee. The Drongo's 
> however, have a run that incorporates western woodland with the Barrington 
> rainforests - two different models reaping very similar scores. 
> The Brewers were hampered by major storms that forced some major decisions 
> that saw them dashing straight past their key mallee sites to avoid getting 
> stuck in the red earth mud-bath that was about to transpire. We only just 
> made it through, but it cost us a few birds. 
> The Fly By Nightjars placed equal third with the Back O' Bourke Buzzards (aka 
> Dry-throated Buzzards), who ditched their bicycles this year and 
> headed....well, to the back o' Bourke! Both teams posted 221 species.
> In the Champagne Race, Raven On took line honours with an impressive 195 
> species, followed by the Lousy Jacks on 155 and closely by the Night Poirets 
> with 153.
> Close to $20,000 has been pledged to the Powerful Owl Project to continue 
> gathering and analysing data for another breeding season. 
> CheersMick
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