Pheasant Trust 1960

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    M/S of Mrs Wayre standing at a pond in a field at the Ornamental Pheasant Trust in Great Witchingham, Norfolk, throwing bread into the water, panning right to show numerous ducks swimming in the pond; C/U of some ducks then M/S of ducks and swans on the water and Mrs W by the pond. Luckily for us cataloguers, commentator says "For those who like to be specific, the ducks are either Mandarin or Barrow's Golden Eye, while the swans are fine Australian specimens"; M/S and nice C/U of a lovely black swan eating bread and gliding along.

    M/S of a man preparing food on a wooden box table; C/U of the food; it looks like he is chopping meat which he puts in an oblong feeding tray, he adds some grapes and carries the three trays towards the pheasant enclosure. C/U of a Himalayan Monal pheasant walking about; beautiful colours of red-gold and green-black with a little topknot on its head.

    M/S of Mrs W getting into a large cage; she holds a pine branch towards a Golden Pheasant; C/U as she kneels down and tries to coax the bird towards her - the bird flutters and pecks sharply at her arm! (Youch! as Pete Smith would say.) M/Ss of a Silver Pheasant walking about with two female pheasants; nice C/Us as he flutters his wings. M/S and C/Us of a Reeve Pheasant, "like the others, also from China" says the commentator - beautiful colouring in his golden feathers outlined in black.

    M/S of Philip Wayre coming round the corner of a house and across the lawn with a huge Golden Eagle on his arm; he sets it down on a post, ties the rope attached to the bird's foot there and removes it's head mask. Amazing C/U zooming into extreme C/U of the eagle's head as he turns to look at us, tilt down to show his folded wings, leg feathers blowing in the wind and hefty claws with huge talons!

    Note: lovely shots of colourful birds (feathered) and the eagle is fabulous (he also appears in CP 330 - Golden Eagle). Documentation on file includes a small brochure on the Ornamental Pheasant Trust and a letter about the trust from Noel Gay Artists Ltd - not sure what the connection is.

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    01:43:15:00 / 01:46:12:00
    CP 278
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