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    Where the Glenelg River crosses the border from South Australia into Victoria the land is rich -- it's life for thousands of birds ...

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    LS pan over Glenelg River and Nelson border S.A./VIC.
    6 1/2 ft

    16 1/2 ft

    19 ft

    Man with camera: Mr. Macdonald leader thru water
    21 ft

    Camp site LS
    23 ft

    Peter Colston (left) and Graham Cowles examine wing
    27 ft

    29 ft

    CU dead bird - remove a feather mite 30 1/2 place in tube
    37 1/2 ft

    MCU they look at mite in test tube
    39 1/2 ft

    MCU replace tubes other bits of birds seen at 43
    44 1/2 ft

    Mrs. Macdonald examines specimens
    46 ft

    Closer her hands and picking up fauna
    51 1/2 ft

    CU Mrs. Macdonald
    54 ft

    Mist nets tilt to Peter Colston
    58 ft

    CU him
    59 1/2 ft

    CU net
    62 ft

    Cowles rigs the net
    64 1/2 ft

    CU fixing the net
    66 ft

    MLS him and net and Colston throws handkerchief at 69
    72 ft

    Rear view as Macdonald walks to boat in river
    79 1/2 ft

    MS hands camera to Colston to put in boat
    83 1/2 ft

    MCU Macdonald
    85 ft

    In boat MCU Colston rowing Macdonald in front
    88 ft

    Macdonald at camera
    91 ft

    92 1/2 ft

    Macdonald instructing
    94 1/2 ft

    More birds
    96 1/2 ft

    Boat past birds in b ground
    101 1/2 ft

    Birds take off
    104 ft

    Macdonald (as in opening scene) walking
    108 1/2 ft

    Birds fly away
    112 ft

    Making dinner
    114 1/2 ft

    MCU woman looks up
    116 ft

    MLS they walk in to area
    120 ft

    Meanwhile Cowles is in the mobile lab.
    121 1/2 ft

    MCU him working
    125 ft

    CU dead bird
    128 1/2 ft

    Macdonald pan to her
    133 ft

    Cowles in field filming
    134 1/2 ft

    Birds in net
    137 ft

    MCU him and camera
    138 ft

    Closer birds
    140 ft

    Birds mouth - extra CU
    142 1/2 ft


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    Background: Where the Glenelg River crosses the border from South Australia into Victoria the land is rich -- it's life for thousands of birds ...pelicans ...shags...black swans ... skylarks.

    Into the calm comes a scientific team collecting data for the British Museum:
    The team includes Peter Colston, on the left, and Graham Cowles. They joined a British ornithologist and his wife in an expedition which began late last year in Perth and extended across to Adelaide. Gradually they'll travel through Victoria and New South Wales to Queensland. The parasites which live on a bird are collected and examined...

    Doctor Elizabeth McDonald -- a doctor of medicine -- is collecting plant specimens for the Kew Herbarium in London. Samples of eighty species were collected as the party made its way across the Nullabor.

    Mist nets are rigged to catch the birds for closer study. Peter Colston rigs the net among the stunted trees near the expedition's camp. The net is made of synthetic fibre which is so fine it's invisible against a dark background.

    A handkerchief shows how the net works.

    The leader of the expedition is James Mcdonald, head of the Bird Section of the British Museum. He says that Australian birds are poorly represented at present in the Museum's collection. Peter Colston helps with the camera, because as well as collecting specimens, Mr. MacDonald has shot more than one-thousand feet of film.

    Mr. MacDonald hopes to lead his expedition into the outback around Birdsville and Lake Eyre later. The job of filming under conditions like these is difficult.

    This is doing it the hard way .....

    In the base camp Doctor McDonald prepared dinner for the other three members of the team. The expedition has been financed by a grant of twenty-thousand pounds from an Australian, Major Harold Hall, who is an honorary associate of the British Museum. Graham Cowles works in a mobile laboratory designed and built in England especially for the Harold Hall expedition.

    Mr. Macdonald and his wife spent 18-months in preparation before they left England for Australia. In this time they compiled a filing system which covers about seven-hundred species of Australian birds. The expedition hopes to return to England next July with rich and colourful information about the birds of Australia.

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