Spirit bird in Rabbit-proof Fence

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Subject: Spirit bird in Rabbit-proof Fence
From: "Philip A. Veerman" <>
Date: Fri, 3 Jan 2003 13:03:23 +1100
That has been discussed on BA before and so it should be on the BA archives. The short answer is the film clearly shows it as a Black Kite, however the sound effect that is played with it is a Whistling Kite (at least they didn't use the call of the Red-tailed Hawk that every other film with a context like that shows - even Lord of the Rings!). Obviously the bird isn't shown calling. That is the film, what the girls were referring to, may yet be something quite different. It is quite likely that the film and sound recording were made by some person at an entirely different time and place and slotted in. Maybe Denise would care to comment as to whether these birds have particular significance, although that probably varies in different places.
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From: Bill Jolly <>
To: Birding Aus <>
Date: Friday, 3 January 2003 11:14
Subject: [BIRDING-AUS] Spirit bird in Rabbit-proof Fence

A US visitor has asked me about the identity of the spirit-bird in
Rabbit-proof Fence, but I haven't seen the film (although everyone tells me
I should!).

One on-line write-up refers to a black & white bird, another says it was
hovering! Birding-aus must be the best bet for a definitive answer.

Could anyone please tell me what bird appeared on-screen as someone's


Bill Jolly

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