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    I think all the results are now in for the inaugural Australia-wide PhotoTwitch. Judging by the participants comments, the event was a great success with every participant reporting that they very much enjoyed the competition (surely the most important way to judge a contest). Inclement weather in the southern states had a big impact on the totals, although many participants reported surprise at how high their totals were against the odds.

    Here's the results:

    Pictorella 85 species
    Arron 74 species
    Steve_Happ 70 species
    KristyP 71 species
    Mister.Troy 68 species
    NolanC 55 species
    Ashy Drongo 54 species
    Craig Miller 36 species

    So we have a clear winner. Grant (Pictorella) with 85 species. Not bad for a mere 5 hours before rain forced him indoors. Congratulations Grant.

    Here's some other things of interest:

    There were 8 participants, 6 from NSW, 1 from Qld and one from NT

    The total number of eligible photos taken was 514

    That is an average of 64 species per contestant

    The total number of unique species was 213. A full species list will be posted separately.

    The rarest or most unusual bird. Well thats hard to say because most of us dont know what is unusual in another person's patch. For me it was the Sanderling photographed by Mister.Troy, although the Palm Cockatoo photographed by KristyP may be the most outstanding.

    The most common species. Unfortunately the lack of standardised names makes data analysis difficult although I can see that the Pacific Black Duck appears in all of the 8 lists - I think the only species that does. The Magpie Lark appears in 7 lists.

    Till next year

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    Here is the complete species list:

    Orange-footed Scrubfowl
    Brown Quail
    Australian Wood (Maned) Duck
    Plumed Whistling-Duck
    Wandering Whistling-Duck
    Blue-billed Duck
    Musk Duck
    Black Swan
    Magpie Goose
    Radjah Shelduck
    Hardhead (White-eyed Duck)
    Pacific Black Duck
    Pink-eared Duck
    Chestnut Teal
    Grey Teal
    Australasian Grebe
    Great Crested Grebe
    Hoary-headed Grebe
    Great Cormorant
    Little Black Cormorant
    Little Pied Cormorant
    Pied Cormorant
    Great Frigatebird
    Lesser Frigatebird
    Australian Pelican
    Black-necked Stork
    Pied Heron
    White-faced Heron
    White-necked (Pacific) Heron
    Cattle Egret
    Eastern Reef Egret
    Little Egret
    Great Egret
    Intermediate Egret
    Nankeen (Rufous) Night Heron
    Striated Heron
    Australian White Ibis (Sacred Ibis)
    Straw-necked Ibis
    Royal Spoonbill
    Black-shouldered Kite
    Black Kite
    Whistling Kite
    Collared Sparrowhawk
    White-bellied Sea-Eagle
    Wedge-tailed Eagle
    Swamp Harrier
    Nankeen (Australian) Kestrel
    Dusky Moorhen
    Eurasian Coot
    Purple Swamphen
    Black-tailed Native-hen
    Bush Stone-curlew
    Bar-tailed Godwit
    Eastern Curlew
    Common Greenshank
    Marsh Sandpiper
    Common Sandpiper
    Wood Sandpiper
    Ruddy Turnstone
    Great Knot
    Red Knot
    Red-necked Stint
    Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
    Curlew Sandpiper
    Pied Oystercatcher
    Black-winged Stilt
    Red-necked Avocet
    Pacific Golden Plover
    Red-capped Plover
    Black-fronted Dotterel
    Masked Lapwing
    Silver Gull
    Whiskered (Marsh) Tern
    White-winged Black Tern
    Crested Tern
    Gull-billed Tern
    Common Tern
    Little Tern
    Rock Dove (Feral Pigeon, Klippedue) *
    Spotted Turtle-Dove *
    Bar-shouldered Dove
    Peaceful Dove
    Common Bronzewing
    Wonga Pigeon
    Crested Pigeon
    Pied (Torresian) Imperial-Pigeon
    Palm Cockatoo
    Gang-Gang Cockatoo
    Little Corella
    Long-billed Corella
    Sulphur Crested Cockatoo
    Rainbow Lorikeet
    Little Lorikeet
    Red-winged Parrot
    Crimson Rosella
    Eastern Rosella
    Pale-headed Rosella
    Red-rumped Parrot
    Pallid Cuckoo
    Fan-tailed Cuckoo
    Horsfield's Bronze-Cuckoo
    Shining Bronze-Cuckoo
    Common Koel
    Blue-winged Kookaburra
    Laughing Kookaburra
    Forest Kingfisher
    Sacred Kingfisher
    Rainbow Bee-eater
    White-throated Treecreeper
    Superb Fairy-wren
    Variegated Fairy-wren
    Spotted Pardalote
    Striated Pardalote
    White-browed Scrubwren
    Chestnut-rumped Heathwren (Hyacola)
    Brown Gerygone
    Fairy Gerygone
    Brown Thornbill
    Buff-rumped Thornbill
    Yellow (Little) Thornbill
    Yellow-rumped Thornbill
    Little Wattlebird (Brush Wattlebird)
    Red Wattlebird
    Little Friarbird
    Noisy Friarbird
    Blue-faced Honeyeater
    Striped Honeyeater
    Bell Miner
    Noisy Miner
    Graceful Honeyeater
    Lewin's Honeyeater
    White-gaped Honeyeater
    Yellow-faced Honeyeater
    Yellow-tufted Honeyeater
    White-plumed Honeyeater
    White-throated Honeyeater
    New Holland Honeyeater
    White-cheeked Honeyeater
    Eastern Spinebill
    Tawny-crowned Honeyeater
    Brown-backed Honeyeater
    Tawny-breasted Honeyeater
    Rufous-banded Honeyeater
    Banded Honeyeater
    Brown Honeyeater
    Dusky Honeyeater
    Red-headed Honeyeater
    Jacky Winter
    Lemon-bellied Flycatcher
    Eastern Yellow Robin
    Grey-crowned Babbler
    Eastern Whipbird
    Crested Shrike-tit
    Red-whiskered Bulbul *
    Gilbert's Whistler
    Grey Whistler
    Rufous Whistler
    Grey Shrike-thrush
    Little Shrike-thrush
    Leaden Flycatcher
    Restless Flycatcher
    Willie Wagtail
    Grey Fantail
    Northern Fantail
    Black-faced Cuckoo-shrike
    White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike
    Varied Triller
    White-winged Triller
    Olive-backed Oriole
    Yellow Oriole
    White-breasted Woodswallow
    Black-backed Butcherbird
    Grey Butcherbird
    Pied Butcherbird
    Australian Magpie
    Magpie Lark
    Pied Currawong
    Spangled Drongo
    Australian Raven
    Torresian Crow
    White-winged Chough
    Green Catbird
    Satin Bowerbird
    Great Bowerbird
    Richard's Pipit
    Double-barred Finch
    Long-tailed Finch
    Crimson Finch
    Red-browed Finch (Firetail)
    Beautiful Firetail
    Diamond Firetail
    Chestnut-breasted Mannikin
    House Sparrow *
    Welcome Swallow
    Fairy Martin
    Clamorous Reed-Warbler
    Little Grassbird
    Tawny Grassbird
    Rufous Songlark
    Golden-headed Cisticola
    Zitting Cisticola
    Silvereye (Grey-backed)
    Common Blackbird *
    Common Myna *
    Common Starling *

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    Well done Grant, and to all those who participated. Troy's idea (in another thread) of avoiding the Vic Twitch day is a good one. Weather down here in Melbourne on the day was sunny, mid thirties, with a nice sea breeze for our last three hours at the WTP. A couple of celebratory stubbies at the conclusion topped off a great day.

    BTW, we finished the Vic Twitch with 141 for the day, one fewer than last year. Less than 10 were just heard, the rest seen. Best bird was Brolga at the WTP and the most embarassing miss was........ Spotted Turtle-Dove.


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    That's a pretty decent list. Well done to all, and congrats to Grant. Would be fun to see some of the 'photos' to see just what people were taking for ID shots.
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    Nice one Grant, thats a fair decent total. I was quite bummed I couldn't take part, but there you are. I thought it wouldn't be hard to see 100 species and photograph virtually all of them, but now I am starting to wonder whether it is reasonably possible to see 100 species in a day in the ACT without driving to the end of the territory and back. Oh well, I think I'll give it an attempt by myself sometime in the future, just to see how hard it is.
    Well done on Grant and all those who participated. Agreed, it is a great idea, hopefully an annual one, and hopefully some more participants next time
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    A few of my images:

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    Well done to all the participants Hopefully Victoria (myself included ) will put in a decent effort next time around.

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    congratulations grant.. well done..

    and thats quite a good list of birds in total..

    well done one and all..

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    Yep - well done everyone, especially Grant.

    I'm making the montage of my species... busy at work and have an exam on next thursday, so haven't had time for doing "fun" things yet.
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    Awesome everyone! Sorry i couldn't take part but look forward to next year with some more notice.
    Hey Craig - you might want to edit the Gilbert's Whister ?
    Cheers, Dave WORKSHOPS - Lord Howe Island - 29th November - 6th December 2017.

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