Sydney ornothologists open this year's expedition to tag albatrosses abounding in the sea off Malabar Head to learn more about their breeding and migratory habits.
Wharf, party carrying gear past camera to boat
Two men lift dinghy onboard
Man casts off
Skipper George Reid shouts order
Boat moves away
Bill Lane with rings
CU. Hands with rings - threading them
Hands at work on net
CU. Harry Battam working on net
Man pours gas into outboard motor
Crew look out over water
Man polishing outboard
Outboard lowered into boat
Launch into picture, albatross seen 59, net thrown 59 1/2, take by wings hauls it into boat
Ring on leg
Dye on head
Albatross held by beak, put back into water 75 moves away from boat
CU. Albatross, try to get him again 86 1/2, swims away
Boat past camera
Albatross in beet, two men with it
CU. ring clamped on with fingers
Dye on neck
Albatross put in water, waddles away
Man writes in book
Albatross on water
Albatross fly away
CV. One flying
Another shot flight up into air and away
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Background: Sydney ornothologists open this year's expedition to tag albatrosses abounding in the sea off Malabar Head to learn more about their breeding and migratory habits.
The expedition starts from Cronulla near Sydney.
On the way out the equipment is prepared .... The rings for the legs of the trapped birds are threaded on twine ready for use by Sydney's six albatross hunters. The nets too are checked and mended.
With the dinghy's outboard motor fuelled, soon all is ready for reaching the feeding ground of the Albatross.
In the waters of Malabar Head the hunters transfer to the tiny dinghy to head downwind towards their quarry, -- a move which bars his flight, because he must take off into a strong wind.
The albatross is unconcerned. He is fat from the offal and the industrial waste discharged into the sea off Malabar, and so lazy that he scarcely moves even when trapped and hauled to the boat. There this wanderer of the sea is banded with metal rings bearing "identification data" and after a touch of analyn dye so that the same bird is not caught twice, he is returned to the sea.
The hunters, members of the New South Wales Albatross Study Group hope, by banding the birds, to determine their life span and their migratory and breeding habits.
The albatross breeds in the Antarctic and comes as far north as Sydney in the winter following food. Some birds remain on their Antarctic isles to nest and breed, but this happens only once every two or three years.
Each year the hunters keep a record of the bird they band, and the birds they trap which bear the tags of other countries. From these tags they trace the movements of the albatross. Recently they trapped a bird English scientists banded in the Falkland Islands six thousand miles away - a long flight for the great white bird.