Title Details

Platypus Ornithorhynchus Anatinus

A comprehensive and scientific account of the unique Australian monotreme, the platypus.
Series : Australian Wildlife Series | Year : 1973 | Total Duration : 23 Minutes | Producer : Anthony Buckley, John Morris
Director : John Shaw |
GS platypus scurrying over rocks and in water. High angle view of platypus swimming in clear shallow water. Good WS of monitor walking through shallow muddy water with sinuous stride seen from behind. MS wedge-tailed eagle hopping on ground and MS wombat. Low angle WS grass with LS to trees.
Access No. 132561 | 55 secs | 1970s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
CU platypus swimming through water in blue light. Good CU echidna scratching itself with hind leg. CUs graphics showing evolution of monotremes and relationship to other mammals. Zoom into map showing range of platypus in Australia. GS alpine creek and tropic billabong. Aerial track over meandering river.
Access No. 132562 | 2 mins 16 secs | 1970s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Zoom out from cascading stream over rocks. CU squirming platypus being held up to camera by person grasping it by the tail in their hands. Platypus being held upside-down. ECU platypus' spur and opening under tail. CU platypus' bill and track over water repellent fur. FS of nostrils in bill.
Access No. 132563 | 1 min 37 secs | 1970s | Manning River, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
CU unusual view of platypus' bill at an angle where internal grinding plates are visible. CU of platypus' bill, eyes and ears. CU of clenched fore paws and VS platypus walking across rock on knuckles. Slow-motion of platypus walking seen from various angles. GS platypus scurrying over rocky incline, into ponds then into foamy river water.
Access No. 132564 | 2 mins 39 secs | 1970s | Manning River, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Zoom out from waterfall. High angle shot of platypus surfacing in clear water leaving trail of bubbles and floating on surface. Zoom to top half of floating platypus with webbed fore paws spread and gently paddling before diving. Various underwater shots of platypus. GS platypus foraging around rocks. CU eating morsel.
Access No. 132565 | 1 min 29 secs | 1970s | Manning River, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
High shot over platypus and VS following platypus swimming underwater. CU yabby retreating over rock and MS platypus picking yabby up in bill and surfacing. WS pond and GS platypus resting on water surface. High angle underwater shots of platypus foraging and various tracks.
Access No. 132566 | 2 mins 10 secs | 1970s | Manning River, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
GS platypus near burrow amongst reeds and rocks. CU platypus entering burrow then re-emerging into water. CU graphics showing varieties of burrows. High angle track of platypus swimming on water surface with zoom out to wide expanse of water and shore. CUs platypuses in water.
Access No. 132570 | 2 mins 14 secs | 1970s | Manning River, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
VS platypus courting rituals with high angle shots over platypuses underwater circling each other and CU of platypus's face on water surface. CUs diagrams of platypus' reproduction system. VS female platypus entering nesting burrow. Micro shots pair of oval pink platypus eggs. GS and high angle shot of platypus leaving burrow.
Access No. 132571 | 2 mins 48 secs | 1970s | Manning River, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
VS over platypus foraging underwater. Micro shots of platypus young at birth with measure graphics and other shots showing embryo growth. Good shots of platypus slowly emerging from burrow and into reeds and pond. Zoom to platypus swimming on water surface. Track along Molonglo River bank lined with trees and bare branches extended over water then LS to city outline, Canberra.
Access No. 132572 | 2 mins 39 secs | 1970s | Molonglo River, ACT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
CU track over shallow river water rippling over pebbles and zoom out to WS Hawkesbury River and exposed banks. CU following platypus walking up rock ledge, nudging rock with end of bill. Good CU of platypus's bill, eye, ear and webbed forearm. CUs platypus sliding over cascading water over rocks. Platypus in water at night, aerial over ponds. End titles.
Access No. 132573 | 2 mins 19 secs | 1970s | Hawkesbury River, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |