2019 BirdLife Australia Twitchathon held on Kangaroo Island

The annual BirdLife Australia Twitchathon was held on Kangaroo Island again in late October.

Four teams competed and traversed the Island to see how many bird species could be counted in a 12 hour or a 24-hour period.

Sticking with tradition, the groups met at Duck Lagoon afterwards to compare notes and this year every team outdid their personal best with The Cranky Crakes and The Stickybeaks drawing at 98 species and The Wild Turkeys coming in a close second with 90 species.

The River Swans who were the only team to do the 12-hour Twitchathon came in with 80 species.

Highlights were spotting the greater sand plover at D'Estrees Bay, a northern hemisphere migrant which according to records hasn't been sighted on the KI south coast before.

Other highlights were a bush stone curlew with two young spotted at the very end of the 24-hour period.

All groups spotted whiskered terns which were in abundance at Murrays Lagoon.

But to the disappointment of the Twitchers no-one spotted any Glossy Blacks at American River that day, the rumour being they were all hanging out at Baudin Beach.

Due to another BirdLife Australia workshop held here on the same weekend the number of Twitchers were down this year but this did not deter the die-hard birdos.

Anyone interested in participating in this fun event can check out the Birding KI Facebook page or BirdLife Australia website.

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