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Birds and Billabongs

A record from the 1948 Arnhem Land Expedition lead by anthropologist Charles P Mountford that explores the abundant birdlife and waterways of Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory of Australia.
Year : 1951 | Total Duration : 9.5 Minutes | Producer : Charles P Mountford
Map of Australia, zoom to Arnhem Land. Time-lapse sunrise, WS mist over billabong and distant rocky plateaux. Pans of mountains and billabongs, CUs waterlilies. VS Marsh Terns, Plovers, Burdekin Ducks (Radjah Shellducks), Sharp-tailed Sandpipers, Pied Geese (Magpie Geese), Royal Spoonbills all in swampy wetlands. Large flocks over lagoons and grasses. VS Pied Geese landing. VS White-headed (Black-winged) Stilts with long bandy legs. CU Red-kneed Dotterel, pair of Pygmy-geese around water lilies, snake bird (Darter) on stick and spreading wings. WS flock of Brolgas, pair of White-necked Herons in bare tree, Masked Plovers fighting. Egret reflected in water, VS Jacanas (Lotusbirds) stalking across waterlily pads, Pied Geese diving for food. CUs various varieties of waterlilies. Pan across billabong, large flock of Magpie Geese taking flight. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 148199 | 9 mins 35 secs | 1950s | NT, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |