In Soviet Caucasia, an unusually cold spell of weather has driven millions of wood doves from the mountains to the lowlands where they have devoured crops and become a hazard to aircraft.
1. GV Birds flying near Sochi airport as airliner takes off 0.10
2. GV Birds swarming low over paddock with airliner in background (2 shots) 0.24
3. GV Birds swarming over paddock 0.30
4. TRACKING SHOT DOWN Runway showing birds standing on grass alongside and flying (2 shots) 0.43
5. GV PULL BACK TO LV Birds swarming over field with damaged vegetable crop (2 shots) 1.00
6. CU PULL BACK TO GV Vegetable lead which has been eaten by birds and three men discussing problem 1.07
7. SCU Birds on ground 1.10
8. SV & GV Man firing gun and birds swarming (2 shots) 1.18
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Background: SOCHI, U.S.S.R.
In Soviet Caucasia, an unusually cold spell of weather has driven millions of wood doves from the mountains to the lowlands where they have devoured crops and become a hazard to aircraft. At Sochi airport, the birds swarming in low-level flocks have hampered a number of flights. The damage to the crops could be especially bad news for residents of Moscow and other major northern Soviet cities, which receive many of their winter vegetables from Caucasia. This further evidence of damage to Soviet agricultural produce comes at a time when the Soviet Union has fallen well short of its grain target for this year. Food shortages are reported to be widespread and rationing has been organised in several towns.