|Road-killed Long-nosed Potoroo East of Glen Innes|
Eastern Rosella X Pale-headed Rosella inspecting
in eucalypt Warialda Showground
excavates nest hollow
The ‘goodies’ usually found at the Rock were nowhere to be found but we did get thirteen species including Cicadabird, Grey-crowned Babbler and White-eared Honeyeater. Then down the Highway to Delungra picking up Common Bronzewing on the way. Remembering that Inverell was likely to be awash with cyclists and their entourages we decided to head to Severn River Nature Reserve from Delungra via Ashford. This proved a worthwhile route except that every macropod in Australia was lined up along the road. Most behaved well but one small Swamp Wallaby was as determined to get squashed by our tyres as I was not to squash him. The result was a very close shave and some uncharacteristic driving by me as I did donuts to avoid him. My son and son-in-law would have been proud of me!! We did get Turquoise Parrot, Masked and White-browed Woodswallows and Rufous Songlark and others along that stretch but arrived at Severn River Nature Reserve after dark. This was a bit disappointing as we had a few diurnal species that we were after at this location. We had to be content with Tawny Frogmouth and Southern Boobook. The neighbour’s barking dog almost went down as a Barking Owl but our quality control officer ensured that it didn’t.
Once the results were tallied we found out that we had come third in the main race, again a first for the Stalkers. We were only three species behind the Menacing Monarchs who had been the winners in the past two Twitchathons. The Hunter Home Brewers had won with a staggering 252. Starting way out west in the Mallee certainly gave them the edge. We recorded 19 threatened species of birds and two mammals (Long-nosed Potoroo and Humpback Whale).
Black-necked Stalkers Twitchathon Team