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A PAIR of bird lovers from North Wales have just spotted a blue bonnet parrot in Australia - breaking the bird spotting world record.

Globetrotting twitchers Alan Davies and Ruth Miller have so far spotted 3,666 different species in their year-long world tour, breaking the 3,662 set in 1995.

They sold their house in Llandudno to fund their year-long odyssey and are hoping to beat 4,000.

They saw the blue bonnet in New South Wales.

Speaking from an Australian pine forest Ruth, 44, said: "Knowing we've beaten the world record feels pretty good. It's been quite a tough challenge to beat it."

The pair have followed bird migration patterns worldwide, in countries such as Finland, Ethiopia and Canada, visiting some of the world's most dangerous places.

But the first major setback was in Vancouver, Canada.

Among the possessions stolen from their hire car was a video camera with footage of the blue cotinga and other rare birds seen in Panama.

The record won't go into the Guinness Book of World Records, as it would have needed an independent adjudicator.

Instead, they have tried to photograph or film as many as possible.

More about the couple's adventures on their blog:


Ruth Miller and Alan Davies have broken the world record for bird species spotted in a year, including the harpy eagle (inset)... and 3,665 others so far
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Nov 4, 2008
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