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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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    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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