Despite the noise and vibration of about 100 trains a day, a pair of wagtails have nested on a high voltage railway cable, at Wollstonecraft, on Sydney's North Shore.
L.S. TRAIN COMING IN.
4 1/2 ft
SHOT. BIRD IN NEST..TRAIN COMES UNDER.
12 1/2 ft
SHOT. CLOSE SHOT...BIRD IN NEST.
SHOT. STANCHION STOPPED UNDER BIRD.
17 1/2 ft
SHOT STANCHION STOPPED UNDER BIRD. TRAIN MOVES OFF.
20 1/2 ft
CLOSE SHOT. OF BIRD.
SHOT. BIRD WITH TRAIN MOVING OFF.
SIDE V. BIRD WITH TRAIN MOVING OFF.
SHOT. TRAIN GOING PAST.
29 1/2 ft
SHOT. WOMAN LOOKING.
31 1/2 ft
SHOT. OF BIRD.
SHOT OF BIRD'S MATE FLYING AWAY.
SHOT OF BIRD IN NEST.
SHOT STATION MASTER FROM BIG ANGLE (BIRDS EYE VIEW)
43 1/2 ft
SHOT. OF BIRD IN NEST.
Initials D.C/CW J.H./P.B.
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Background: Despite the noise and vibration of about 100 trains a day, a pair of wagtails have nested on a high voltage railway cable, at Wollstonecraft, on Sydney's North Shore.
The cable is shaken and raised a little every time a train passes through the station - but the wagtails remains "unmoved."
The condition of the eggs in the nest is not certain. The ornithologist at Sydney Museum said ti was rather odd that the wagtails should have built their nest on the cable when they had acres of bush nearby.
But there was no danger of their being electrocuted and they had probably long ago got used to the noise and vibration of the trains.
While the mother bird seldom leaves the nest and takes no notice of spectators as she sits on the eggs, the father is a little more exciteable.
It was expected that the eggs would be hatched in about two weeks - by which time it is estimated that 2,500 trains will have passed under them.