"Tawny Pipit"

Subject: "Tawny Pipit"
From: "jon wren" <>
Date: Mon, 18 Sep 2000 03:26:00 GMT
For birding-aussers
Some info on the "Tawny Pipit"
Page 36 "An eye for a Bird" Eric Hosking 1970

"Two Cities Film wanted Bernard Mills to make a film in which the central character would be a star of a different kind from the usual variety, a bird. They discussed it with Julian Huxley and James Fisher and it was decided to choose a British rarity, the tawny pipit, which had alledgedly been only once recorded breeding in Great Britain."

Page 36-37
"Again I accepted, although it was decided that it was quite impossible to contemplate filming an actual tawny pipit; it nests mainly on the Continent where the war was raging."

Page 37
"It was decided to photograph a pair of ordinary meadow pipits and keep to shots which showed the back view only; the tawny has a plain breast and the meadow a speckled one, but their back plumage is very similar."

Seems the art of Hollywood illusion was alive and well back then.
Happy viewing 00.30 Qld. time Wednesday 20 September.
If you get a chance have a read of Eric Hosking's book it is a pleasure.
Jon Wren
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