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Wings to the south

Identifier: Film Collection no. 248

Scope and Contents

This film, taken on the coast of Texas, is primarily comprised of footage of birds. Establishing shots of a harbor, boats, and fishermen open the film. A great variety of Texas shore birds are shown in this segment of the film: laughing gulls, black skimmers, spoonbills, royal terns, Inca doves, caracara, heron, reddish egrets, white egrets, and brown pelicans. Eggs, nests, and chicks of several of these species are featured. A box turtle and a desert tortoise are filmed eating. An armadillo roots in the grass, and is held so that close-ups can be taken. The film closes in sage-brush country, north of the Gulf of Mexico Sage hens are trapped in nets to be relocated, and males are seen exhibiting courtship behavior on their booming (mating) grounds.


  • [192-?]

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Not available through interlibrary loan. Contact AMNH Library Special Collections for terms of access.


1 Film Reel (14 minutes) : silent, black and white ; 16 mm.

1 Videocassette (U-Matic (14 minutes)) : silent, black and white ; 3/4 in.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

3/4 in., U-Matic, viewing copy


Original format: 16 mm. print.



William Finley, photographer; Arthur Pack (for the American Nature Association), producer.

Wings to the south, [192-?]
Iris Lee
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Repository Details

Part of the Museum Archives at the Gottesman Research Library Repository

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