Big Twitch: One Man, One Continent, a Race Against Time—A True Story about Birdwatching

Big Twitch: One Man, One Continent, a Race Against Time—A True Story about Birdwatching

Language: English

Pages: 320

ISBN: 1741145287

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


As a self-proclaimed twitcher—a birdwatching extremist who travels around the country trying to catch a glimpse of as many species of birds as possible—the author took a year off in 2002 with the goal of seeing 700 birds and thereby breaking the national record for most birds seen in one year. In this amusing memoir, he recounts his quest, including how he spent all of his inheritance from the untimely death of his parents to make his dream a reality. Populated by unusual characters and interesting species of birds, this part confessional–part travelogue for both bird nerds and the general population follows the author as he works out what it means to be normal despite his unusually avid compulsion toward twitching.

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You spend a year twitching. Night Parrot: A rare desert species that has not been authenticated alive in the wild for almost a hundred years. Collingwood/The Magpies/The Pies: A Melbourne based Aussie Rules football team with a tendency to break the hearts of their supporters. Pill: Another name for a football. What a twitcher soon becomes if they don’t get to see the bird they are looking for. PROLOGUE 13 December 2004, St Kilda, Victoria: 721 species, 0 girlfriends The date was.

And so it goes. We will keep on gripping each other off like this until we are in our dotage. And before you get all hot and bothered, I’d just like to point out that, in twitching parlance, ‘gripping someone off’ simply means stirring someone, giving them a bit of grief when they’ve dipped out on a bird that you’ve seen. I suspect that some twitchers are motivated as much by the desire to avoid being gripped off as they are by the desire to actually see the bird in question. I tend to only.

29 16 November, Broome, WA 30 21 November, Mount Carbine, QLD 31 29 November, Kununurra, WA 32 3 December, Kakadu National Park, NT 33 14 December, Mount Isa, QLD 34 20 December, The Green House, Iron Range, QLD 35 24 December, Mount Lewis, QLD Epilogue Bird list Acknowledgements A Foreword for Birders White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike. Red-necked Phalarope. Forty-spotted Pardalote. There, now that the non-birdwatchers have lost interest and have skipped to the first page containing a.

Attached. There is no trophy, no official presentation and quite frankly very few people, even in the birdwatching world, knew or particularly cared that it existed. In terms of world-shattering significance, it is barely a notch above the record a couple of kids might have for hitting a tennis ball on a racquet a consecutive number of times in their backyard. But it was the only record I’e ever been interested in breaking. Or more precisely, the only record that I was interested in and actually.

Have got them on the outskirts of Melbourne but these slow-moving creatures apparently taste delicious and were quickly shot out. Even in these remote areas where their habitat has-n’t gone under the plough, they make a nice meal for the locals, who can easily pick them off from the back of a four-wheel drive. They are now only commonly found in conservation zones and in fact the birds I saw were within the borders of a national park. From there it was in for a welcome dip at the thermal pools.

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