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    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.

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    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.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3E5TQCPEOUXV9Q7IWU63KT9QJ
    Media URN:
    VLVA3E5TQCPEOUXV9Q7IWU63KT9QJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/08/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:27:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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