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A study of the echidna or spiny anteater - an ancient animal that, like the platypus, hatches its young from eggs.
Series : Australian Wildlife Series | Year : 1980 | Total Duration : 27 Minutes | Producer : John Shaw
Director : John Shaw |
Cinematographer filming in a snowfield at Kosciuszko National Park. Close up of a flower. Close up of a plant. Close-up of a hibiscus flower. Echidna in the snow at Kosciuszko National Park.
Echidna in the snow. Echidna on a rock. Echidna on a rock. Large, long beaked echidna of Papua New Guinea. Long nosed echidna, native to North Queensland and Papua New Guinea.
Papua New Guinean people sitting behind a table selling lemons and avocados. Papua New Guinean woman carrying a bunch of bananas on her head. Snow covered mountains with trees in the foreground at Kosciuszko National Park. The Baiyer River flowing through a densely vegetated valley. Three Papua New Guinean women wearing colourful headgear.
Two Papua New Guinean women wearing colourful headdresses.
ECU echidna spines looking abstract. Aboriginal family digging echidna out of earth mound. GS children emerging from humpy. Aboriginal man with axe killing echidna and woman carrying it away. WS wetlands and zoom to distant cliffs and mountains of Cannon Hill, NT. CU cave paintings of echidnas at Mount Gilruth, NT.
Access No. 131465 | 1 min 50 secs | 1980s | NT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
CU short-beaked echidna walking and zoom out to pandanus palm trees in grassy landscape at Cannon Hill, NT. CUs hedgehog walking along ground and CU porcupine with long black & white quills. Zoom to rear view of echidna walking and GS walking. Various CUs of platypus running across rocks and plunging into pool of water. GS swimming underwater and CUs of head and bill.
Access No. 131469 | 1 min 41 secs | 1980s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
VS long-beaked echidna on log. CUs long beak, rear legs and large clawed feet. MS track of long-beaked echidna walking carefully across muddy ground and dipping beak into mud. WS moist mountain landscape of Baiyer River area with clouds settled over mountain tops.
Access No. 131470 | 1 min 21 secs | 1980s | Papua New Guinea | © NFSA | Colour |
WS wind-blown mountain landscape of Kosciuszko alpine area with pan across trees and rocks to fog. VS of alpine scenes with rock-strewn streams and low cloud blowing by. Zoom to echidna walking from grasses onto rock. Very good CU of echidna facing camera and slowly walking off. Echidna walking towards camera over lichen encrusted rock.
Access No. 131471 | 1 min 5 secs | 1980s | Kosciuszko National Park, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS Flinders Island (Tas) landscape with mountain dominating background. Good GS white echidna walking across grass scattered with yellow flowers like buttercups. Pans of bush landscape (WA) with scattered trees. VS following very spiny almost hairless echidna over logs and forest floor. Tasmanian echidna with short spines and longer hair walking away from camera. Zoom out to glen in forest landscape.
Access No. 131472 | 1 min 8 secs | 1980s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS Tasmanian town. Zoom to echidna walking down hill overlooking suburb. VS echidnas crossing streets in town. Domestic cat walking up to echidna near garden path and inspecting it as echidna burrows. VS following echidna walking across open land and through bracken
Access No. 131473 | 2 mins 3 secs | 1980s | Tas, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
VS echidna entering pond of water and swimming with spines on back only visible with snout periodically coming up for air. Echidna emerging from water. VS very spiny echidna walking along log and sliding on sloping part then falling off end. CU echidna on its back struggling to right itself. Zoom to echidna digging into ground.
Access No. 131474 | 1 min 37 secs | 1980s | Kangaroo Island, SA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
ECUs of echidna's forepaws with large claws. CU pads under feet. CUs echidna digging into soil with only tops of quills exposed above ground. Zoom out showing effective camouflage of spines above ground amongst tufts of groundcover. ECUs of echidna's spines, some broken. ECU of spines and hair, ECU spines and almost no hair and ECU echidna spines amongst thick hair.
Access No. 131475 | 1 min 10 secs | 1980s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Zoom to white echidna's tail area and ECUs beak and eye of echidna. ECU echidna's ear and CU of echidna over lichen covered rock. VS echidna undergoing reversal learning under test conditions where echidna had to operate switches to dispense food. CUs echidna's tongue flicking over food in bowl.
Access No. 131476 | 2 mins 4 secs | 1980s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS snow covered alpine landscape. WS snow gums and rocks in snow. WSs snow covered peaks. Zoom to echidna walking quickly over snow covered forest floor and track of it walking over snow and grass tufts. Zoom out to scattered forest trees in snow
Access No. 131477 | 1 min 27 secs | 1980s | Kosciuszko National Park, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
High angle pan over Flinders Island. CU of white very hairy echidna and low angle GS of echidna over rocks. CUs hairy white echidna digging into earth and GS walking in bright green grass.
Access No. 131478 | 1 min 30 secs | 1980s | Flinders Island, Tas, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS dry bush landscape and pan across dry bush landscape and yellow grasses to echidna foraging on ground. CU ÒbulldozingÓ with snout. ECUs of snout, from above and below. Echidna approaching termite nest and CUs of termites swarming. Slow-motion of long pink tongue darting out of snout picking up food.
Access No. 131494 | 1 min 28 secs | 1980s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
ECU ants around ant hole and CU echidna searching for food under log. GS echidna walking fast. GS echidna drinking from stream of water. Zoom in to echidna struggling on back. ECU body opening and pouch. Zoom to kangaroo with joey in pouch. GS numbat on log and ECU of embryonic young on teats.
Access No. 131495 | 1 min 47 secs | 1980s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
CU hands opening echidna pouch to reveal egg. ECU egg. Echidna foetus with Òegg toothÓ pointed out. CUs newborn echidna emerging from egg. ECUs newborn on milk patch in pouch. ECU brush-tail possum young fixed to mother's teat. CU young echidna vigorously feeding. CU hand holding platypus-like blind young echidna to camera.
Access No. 131496 | 2 mins 8 secs | 1980s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
GS echidna walking along ground with young following (Coonabarrabran, NSW). High WS pan over Rocky green landscape at Cannon Hill, NT. GS dingo trotting across grass. VS echidna moving and then digging into soil. GS dingo sniffing ground. CU echidna dug into sand with only spines protruding visibly. ECU spines above sand.
Access No. 131497 | 1 min 47 secs | 1980s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |