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In The Estuary, microphotographer Dietmar Fill highlights the importance of the estuary as a nursery and breeding ground for fish.
Series : Little World of Dietmar Fill, The | Episode : 4 | Year : 1984 | Total Duration : 24.5 Minutes | Producer : Don Murray, John Shaw
Director : Greg Reading |
Pan from mangroves across sand bank to water of estuary. CU mass of tiny soldier crabs and ECU crab's pincer. MS Dieter Fill talking about crabs and shot of mass of crabs running forwards across wet sand. GS Fill and wife Bibi crouched on sand filming crabs. Good CU of soldier crab burying itself in wet sand. Opening titles and images.
Access No. 131322 | 2 mins 46 secs | 1980s | Port Stephens, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Track over still water of upper reaches of estuary. CUs spotted jelly fish, prawn and oysters attached to tree trunk. WS estuary river and two ibises wading in shallows. WS mangroves and estuary at high tide with centre dissolve to low tide. WS semaphore crabs burrowing out of sand leaving little sandy towers of silty sand. CUs crab.
Access No. 131323 | 1 min | 1980s | Port Stephens, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Dietmar and Bibi Fill travelling in outboard boat on estuary with Dr Baughan Wisely while Dietmar films. VS mangroves and estuary from boat. CU mangrove aerial roots. MS over Strapweed (Posodonia) under shallow water and macro shots of along leaf to tube worms on surface. CU leatherjacket fish feeding. ECU to head
Access No. 131324 | 2 mins 57 secs | 1980s | Port Stephens, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
CUs porcupine fish and seahorse with tail anchored around strapweed. Track through strapweed POV fish. Leatherjacket fish swimming in strapweed. ECU prawn burrowing into white sand. Bibi and Dietmar Fill walking to Aboriginal midden on estuary bank and VS examining shells
Access No. 131325 | 1 min 36 secs | 1980s | Port Stephens, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Ws prawn trawlers on river and VS activity on boat. ECUs of freshly caught prawns. ECU prawn's head underwater and CUs of prawns legs running along sand. VS prawn trawler in open sea. Micro shots of prawn eggs. Time-lapse shots of single cell dividing and developing. Micro shots of prawns in larval stage and larvae migrating en masse to surface of ocean. Various micro shots of development to adult prawns.
Access No. 131326 | 2 mins 7 secs | 1980s | Port Stephens, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS estuary and VS estuaries. Zoom back from estuary to For Sale signs and sign on vacant block next to house. WS estuary with LS to housing development on opposite shore. Pan to adjacent houses. WS Botany Bay with hazy Sydney city skyline in background and pull back to reveal rusted dumped cars on beach. MS Dietmar Fill to camera and WS man riding motorbike on beach past dumped cars.
Access No. 131327 | 1 min 44 secs | 1980s | Botany Bay, Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
GS Dieter and Bibi Fill with shovel at Botany Bay mud flats looking for soldier crabs. GS scanning estuary and dumped cars on beach. CU soldier crab in Fill's hand. Pan across water to dumped cars. WS oyster beds and travelling shots past oyster farmers working beds POV passing boat. VS Fill and Dr Wisely on boat.
Access No. 131328 | 2 mins 10 secs | 1980s | Botany Bay, Sydney, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
CU seafood platter and MS Bibi and Dietmar Fill dining with Dr Wisely on board boat. VS preparing oysters in tank for filming. CU Fill in profile filming. Macro shots of oyster gills. Macro of oyster spawning and male oyster spawning sperm. Macros of oyster sperm. Macros of cell division and development.
Access No. 131329 | 2 mins 8 secs | 1980s | NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Dieter Fill and Dr Baughan Wisely sitting by estuary discussing oyster behaviour. Micros of oyster gills. WS Fill & Wisely in oyster cultivation room in NSW Government Research Station. CU hand picking up oyster from tank. CUs oysters spawning. Macro of male oyster spawning. GS cylindrical tanks for algae cultivation in special room.
Access No. 131330 | 3 mins 12 secs | 1980s | NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Dietmar Fill Watching Dr Baughan Wisely looking at baby oysters in tank at edge of estuary. CU handful of baby oysters. Track past commercial oyster beds. Underwater track through strapweed. WS estuary and mangroves. Dieter and Bibi Fill on mud flats at Port Stephens filming armies of soldier crabs. VS swarms of crabs on sand.
Access No. 131331 | 2 mins 59 secs | 1980s | Port Stephens, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Track past car wrecks on sandy shore of estuary. CU of soldier crab burrowing into wet sand. Zoom out of Dietmar Fill walking amongst wrecks.
Access No. 131332 | 58 secs | 1980s | Port Stephens, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |