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Some Australian Birds

The nesting habits of the Mallee Fowl, the King Penguin and the Mutton Bird.
Series : Australia Today | Episode : 10 | Year : 1962 | Total Duration : 26 Minutes | Producer : Stan Evans, Maslyn Williams (Series Producer), Lee Robinson (Series Producer)
Director : HJ Frith (Scientific), DL Serventy (Scientific), R Carrick (Scientific) |
VS Albatross (probably Wandering Albatross) leaving chick in nest and flying out over rocks, CU with chick in ground nest and in flight. GS Darter with long pointed bill and snake-like neck spreading wings on tree branch. GS Pelicans on water and GS pelican landing on water. VS of smaller black & white bird (probably Shearwater) amongst pelicans.
Access No. 136725 | 1 min 45 secs | 1960s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
VS seabird on seashore displaying with wings outstretched. Scientist in boat throwing net over albatross and hauling it in for tagging POV boat. VS two men setting bird trap whist magpie geese feed nearby. GS man detonating explosive device which triggers netting over grazing magpie geese. WS large flocks of magpie geese around waterhole. VS magpie geese caught in net being banded.
Access No. 136726 | 1 min 12 secs | 1960s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
WS three men looking at tagged magpie goose in sandy flat landscape and MS of two men holding geese upside-down then one casually throwing goose into air. Tilt to goose flying away. Track of 4WD jeep driven by Harry Frith through dense forest. GS Frith arriving at bird hide in forest at Tidbinbilla with observer wearing binoculars emerging. WS of Frith and assistant noting down data from sound equipment set up in forest.
Access No. 136727 | 49 secs | 1960s | Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
GS man leaving Frith's side in forest at Tidbinbilla and walking to tree where he addresses camera explaining that the sound Frith is listening to is that of a lyrebird. Zoom to MS of man explaining why birds are being studied. WS mallee scrub and CU to mallee fowl mound. GS mallee fowl towards and around camera and GS two mallee fowl digging in sand creating hole on mound where female sits to lay eggs leaving the male to cover them.
Access No. 136728 | 4 mins 17 secs | 1960s | Tidbinbilla, ACT, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
MS male mallee fowl at mound digging up sand around incubating eggs testing the temperature around the egg chamber. VS of male fowl digging up sand to vary temperature. VS male mallee fowl digging saucer in mound to capture winter sun. WS scientist interfering with fowl digging sand into mound to demonstrate the single-mindedness of the normally shy birds.
Access No. 136729 | 1 min 44 secs | 1960s | Tidbinbilla, ACT, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
CU mallee fowl eggs in mound and CU to newly hatched chick moving from nest to plant cover to rest before foraging in scrub. CUs chick foraging. VS male mallee fowl digging out nest after last egg has hatched in preparation for next season. MS man to camera talking about the incubation cycle of the fowls then introducing the work done with penguins.
Access No. 136730 | 2 mins 1 sec | 1960s | Tidbinbilla, ACT, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
High angle WS over Macquarie Island. GS penguins waddling along shore with elephant seal rearing out of water in background. WS and pans across enormous colonies of King Penguins. GS pair of penguins doing mutual display and VS penguin with chick emerging from skin folds near feet. GS adult penguins amongst chicks in rookery.
Access No. 136731 | 1 min 6 secs | 1960s | Macquarie Island, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
MS over group of king penguin in colony attacking chicks who have strayed into their area and CU of downy chick facing camera. MS tracks of King Penguins strutting past sea lions looking aloof with their beaks in air. Pan across sea lions and lying on sand to Gentoo Penguins with white marks above their eyes. MS spotted black and white heads of Gentoo Penguins around their tussock nests.
Access No. 136732 | 38 secs | 1960s | Macquarie Island, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
WS of colony of Gentoo Penguins and High angle shot over penguin past unhatched eggs in tussock grass nest. Tilt to Skua flying over camera and GS pair of Gentoos guarding nest as Skua flies past. VS Skua carrying penguin egg in beak and Gentoo arriving to nest with young chick displaying and calling to it's mate. VS penguins re-enacting nest building rituals during hatching period. MS Gentoo penguin with larger chick.
Access No. 136733 | 41 secs | 1960s | Macquarie Island, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
WS pan across rocky coastline and over colony of rockhopper penguins near sea. High angle pans over rookeries and VS rockhoppers with black faces and orange crests. CU rockhopper tending two eggs in nest. CU rockhopper penguin and MS chick hatching from egg with pan to father penguin standing nearby. WS pan across huge rookery of Royal Penguins gathered near shore with GS of photographer amongst them.
Access No. 136734 | 54 secs | 1960s | Macquarie Island, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
VS penguins POV photographer and VS immature Royal Penguins practising courtship rituals. VS penguins trekking across beach to sea past other penguins and sleeping sea lion. VS penguins waddling into sea while others dive and swim in waves. VS large groups of penguins trekking from sea up shallow stream leading to rookeries. WS of masses of penguins in inland rookeries.
Access No. 136760 | 1 min 26 secs | 1960s | Macquarie Island, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
VS penguins on beach and in sea. Track of albatross flying over sea. MS man speaking to camera about the protection of penguins and introducing the Tasmanian Mutton-bird of the Bass Strait. WS flocks of mutton-birds (petrels) travelling over sea. Graphic of a world globe showing the path of the mutton-birds migratory route from Australia to Siberia. CU to representation of Australia with mutton-bird settlements marked. CU to maps of islands.
Access No. 136761 | 2 mins 48 secs | 1960s | Macquarie Island, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
VS men on boat preparing for the start of the Mutton-bird season then setting off until landing on island with timber houses in background. VS men in long grass removing fledglings from their burrows, killing the birds and walking towards camera with the haul hanging from timber rod on shoulders. VS workers squeezing oil from dead mutton-birds into drums. CUs plucking birds, processing them for food.
Access No. 136762 | 1 min 57 secs | 1960s | Flinders Island, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
WS of Fisher Island and WS of two people leaving field station in hut set up by CSIRO to study the biology of the mutton-bird. VS in the field with surveyors inspecting burrows, taking census and laying wire. CUs men pulling birds from burrows to band them and mark the burrows. VS field notes and card index used to make statistics.
Access No. 136763 | 1 min 28 secs | 1960s | Flinders Island, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
CU female mutton-bird sitting in burrow. GS pair of surveyors carefully walking through long grass and reaching into burrow pulling out mutton-bird egg. CU mutton-bird being held next to egg for size comparison. CU bird in burrow and chick pecking hole in egg. CU newly hatched chick and chick in observers hands. CUs chick in various stages of growth and MS being banded. ECUs tags.
Access No. 136764 | 1 min 40 secs | 1960s | Flinders Island, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |
CU young mutton-bird being held in gloved hand. VS young mutton-bird's wing span and VS of mature bird. Track following fledged mutton-bird patrolling the rookery at night exercising it's wings. GS fledgling on water and high track of it taking flight and joining others in mass migration. High shots over huge flocks.
Access No. 136765 | 2 mins 17 secs | 1960s | Flinders Island, Australia | © NFSA | B&W |