I’ve already regaled readers with the Swarovski Optik “Fabulous EL Fifties” heroic first and second days in the 2011 Great Texas Birding Classic 5-Day Event. More of the story remains to be told, but we needn’t wait to announce the foregone conclusion…

Hail the victors (from left) Brian Bielfelt, David Simpson, Joel Simon, Andy Bankert, and Captain Clay Taylor

Yes, the Swarovski Optik “Fabulous EL Fifties” won the Great Texas Birding Classic 5-Day Event with an approved list of 312 species! Believe me, the team gutted out every one of those birds. Considering that the 2nd place team tallied 306 species, the Swaro team’s infernal bird-spotting energy and endurance paid off. Congratulations to all!

Somehow, I got the impression that the Swaro team went by its usual moniker, the Roadside Hawks. However, the auspicious new name makes perfect sense in light of the quality of the awesome EL50 Swarovisions the team employed in the field. Having brought them to bear myself, I can vouch that they are as awesome as you’ve been told!

Feel free to congratulate the worthy victors here and everywhere else you find them. Also, stay tuned to more details of what it took to see so many freaking birds in just 5 days as well as how Swarovski Optik will allocate its winnings to support conservation projects along the mighty Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail.

Written by Mike
Mike is a leading authority in the field of standardized test preparation, but he's also a traveler who fully expects to see every bird in the world. Besides founding 10,000 Birds in 2003, Mike has also created a number of other entertaining but now extirpated nature blog resources, particularly the Nature Blog Network and I and the Bird.