Title Details

Wildlife Ranger

A look at the life and work of national park rangers in the Northern Territory, and the unique environment that they help protect.
Year : 1979 | Total Duration : 18.5 Minutes | Producer : Don Murray
Director : David Haythornthwaite |
WS Kakadu wetlands at sunrise with location marked on outline map of Australia superimposed on landscape. GS dingo trotting through bush and stopping to sniff the air. WS sun rising over swamps with fade to air to air track of silhouetted flock of geese formation flying in pink sky. WS track of geese flying over swamps at dawn. WS jabiru walking through swamp and WS large flock of Magpie Geese swimming in wetland with some taking flight or landing.
Access No. 133725 | 1 min 3 secs | 1970s | Kakadu, NT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS track brumby galloping across wetland. CU egret scratching it's neck with leg. MS water buffalo in forest turning head towards camera. WS dingo in long grass looking back towards camera. Track of herons in long grass taking flight. CU snake over dirt into waterhole. Zoom out to wide expanse of water. WS Kakadu wetlands from rock overhang. Pan to Aboriginal rock paintings in cave (probably at Birindu). CUs various rock paintings.
Access No. 133986 | 1 min 39 secs | 1970s | Kakadu, NT, Australia | © NFSA - Restrictions | Colour |
High angle shot over speedboat on East Alligator River with LS to escarpment. VS rangers Frank Woerle and Greg Myles travelling down river in tin boat to bird rookery. Good tracks POV boat down glassy water of river past waterlillies and trees. MS Frank and Greg lifting boat's motor out of water. Ws egret taking flight from water with track as it lands on dead tree.
Access No. 133987 | 1 min 8 secs | 1970s | Kakadu, NT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
MS track rangers Greg Myles and Frank Woerle manoeuvring tin motor boat around sharp bends in narrow stretch of East Alligator River. CU crocodile jumping into water. VS boat through thickly forested mangroves. Aerial track over swamps of Coburg Peninsula. Air to air of mail plane and interior shots of pilot Ian Klutke and cargo. Aerials over escarpments and river valleys and waterfall. low aerial track over river gorge.
Access No. 133988 | 1 min 45 secs | 1970s | Kakadu, NT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Air to air of mail plane over river and Coburg Peninsula plains. GS ranger's wife Jane Myles getting into 4WD to meet mail plane. High angle shot over mail plane landing on air strip at Cannon Hill. CU pilot in plane and control panel. WS plane taxiing towards camera and onto grass at end of runway. 4WD meeting plane and VS pilot giving Jane mail. CUs of Jane opening mail.
Access No. 133989 | 2 mins 7 secs | 1970s | Kakadu, NT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
LS zoom out from motor boat along river surrounded by green reeds to WS escarpment and bluffs behind. Rangers Greg Myles and Frank Woerle in tin boat on river filming wetland bird rookery. WS track of pelicans taking flight. Track following rangers in boat down narrow winding river. WS past magpie geese taking flight from river bank. MS Greg taking photographs from boat and MS Pied Heron in breeding plumage in tree. WS egrets in tree top.
Access No. 133990 | 1 min 50 secs | 1970s | Kakadu, NT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Zoom in to rangers Greg Myles and Frank Woerle in tin boat on river with cameras discussing birds they've seen and pointing to tree. GS egret chick in tree outside stick nest. Aerial over Coburg Peninsula and Cannon Hill with line map of area superimposed on screen. CU yellow grevillea and CU beetle on leaf. VS ranger walking through mangroves carrying rifle. MS leaving rifle to drink water from his hands. Pan across wetlands and GS Pied Geese at water's edge.
Access No. 133991 | 1 min 56 secs | 1970s | Coburg Peninsula, NT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS brolgas on grass near edge of billabong. WS ranger Brian Walsh patrolling grassy plains. Air to air of plane over sea with Coburg Peninsula in background. Zoom in to plane and aerial track over coastline and narrow isthmus of land with scattered buildings and dirt road running alongside length of coastline. MS inside plane cabin with pilot at controls.
Access No. 133992 | 49 secs | 1970s | Coburg Peninsula, NT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
4WD along dirt road POV driver. VS passengers in 4WD and pulling up alongside mail plane with pilot Ian Klutke waiting outside. Ranger Brian Walsh's wife, Gerta getting out of vehicle with two young children and GS of the family gathered around plane collecting supplies and mail. Voice over with Brian describing life in a remote area for his young family. CU large Manta Ray swimming near water surface towards camera. WS plane departing.
Access No. 133993 | 1 min 36 secs | 1970s | Coburg Peninsula, NT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
MS ranger Brian Walsh writing at desk in radio room and talking to Darwin control on two-way radio. CU of him outlining a proposal an overnight patrol to Danger Point. Track of Brian leaving radio room and joining family in house for lunch. Voice over of Brian describing family lifestyle in a remote area. VS Brian at wheel of motor boat steering with his foot.
Access No. 133994 | 1 min 44 secs | 1970s | Coburg Peninsula, NT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
GS ranger Brian Walsh patrolling coastline of Sandy Island #2. CU to Brian inspecting clump of seaweed and pulling out baby green turtle. CU baby turtle on sand and being swept into water. VS Brian walking over sand to turtle breeding area and zoom to him carefully digging with hands in sand to uncover newly hatched turtle babies then covering area over again.
Access No. 133995 | 1 min 28 secs | 1970s | Sandy Island, NT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
GS ranger Brian Walsh walking over coastal rock platform and view to rock outcrop supporting crowds of breeding birds many of which take flight. Zoom out to WS seascape with narrow rock outcrop extending into sea. WS Brian at camp by water at sunset with camp fire and swag erected up on poles and voice over of him talking to wife Gerta on radio. MS Brian on two-way radio as sunset darkens.
Access No. 133996 | 1 min 26 secs | 1970s | Danger Point, NT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |