Title Details

Nests in the Bush

A classroom film on the subject of bird nesting. Explains how the parent birds protect their young.
Year : 1958 | Total Duration : 7.5 Minutes | Producer : Eric Thompson
Director : Malcolm Otton |
Winding river through thick bush. Bunches of pale gum blossoms on trees and CU bee on applegum blossom. Flannel flowers. Yellow grevillea brushes and red gum blossoms. Honeyeaters (probably New Holland Honeyeater) feeding from grevillea and bottlebrush. Black and white striped caterpillar feeding on flowers. Pale bird (possibly Woodswallow) sitting on stick nest. White-plumed Honeyeater sitting in nest in Casuarina branch. Magpie-lark (Peewee) sitting on cup nest in fork of branch.
Access No. 142307 | 1 min 22 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Magpie-lark (Peewee) nest building high in white barked gum tree. CUs of pair moulding nest of mud and adding grass to reinforce mud. CU Mistletoebird on branch and GS of Mistletoebird hanging off underside of branch building suspended nest. CU of bird climbing into pouch-like nest then flying out again. CU fantail building nest of hair and dry grass. ECU to cobwebs binding cup nest to branch. CU and ECU of twig nest with bird sitting in it then getting up with eggs visible. CU thorny leaves of Grevillea bush and pan to twig nest and three eggs amongst thorns.
Access No. 142308 | 1 min 14 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
CU nest of Yellow Robin camouflaged with vertical strips of bark. Good CU of yellow Robin sitting on thin branch. CUs robin sitting on nest. GS ground nest of Variegated Wren and GS Wren attending young sticking head our of hole of nest built in grass. CU wren feeding pair of hatchlings with mouths wide open in nest. GS stony shore with Dotterels' nests camouflaged amongst rocks. GS White-plumed Honeyeater on Casuarina branch and CU flying to nest suspended on end of branch to feed nestlings. CU to nestlings. Tilt to LS Hawks circling in sky. ECU Honeyeater's head hidden in Casuarina needles.
Access No. 142309 | 1 min 45 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
GS young Tawny Frogmouths on stick nest in tree fork and VS large goanna climbing tree near by. VS Tawny Frogmouth adult sitting still on tree as form of camouflage. CU Willie Wagtail on branch flapping wings defensively and GS diving at Kookaburra on branch. CUs small Thornbill feeding large cuckoo chick in grass nest. VS Kingfisher in it's river habitat and going into it's nest in riverbank. CU Brown Treecreeper entering nest in tree hollow. Kookaburra entering nest in large eucalypt hollow. WS and CU to Willie Wagtail attending nest on branch of fallen dead tree. ECU to four tiny nestlings with beaks open. CU Willie Wagtail feeding older nestlings on branch of another tree.
Access No. 142310 | 1 min 57 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
GS young Dotterels camouflaged against rocks on shoreline. CU young Wren on upright plant stalk and CU young Mistletoebird emerging from soft sack-like suspended nest trying out it's wings. CU pair of young fledglings side by side on branch and VS other birds sitting near nests including Honeyeaters, Robins, Willie Wagtails and Kookaburras. WS clouds in late afternoon sky
Access No. 142311 | 1 min 17 secs | 1950s | Australia | © NFSA | Colour |