FW: ABC Documentary on Black Cockatoos - In Production

To: Birding Aus <>, Bo Beolens <>
Subject: FW: ABC Documentary on Black Cockatoos - In Production
From: Denise Goodfellow <>
Date: Fri, 10 Sep 2010 04:58:34 +0930
Dear all
I¹ve just viewed the shorts of this production, on the life cycle of a
family of Carnaby¹s Cockatoos, and it blew my socks off (or would have had
our weather been cooler!).

This documentary is the work of Leighton de Barros, a brilliant
cinematographer,  and his partner Jodie.  Leighton, who worked on the series
Big Cat Diary, also produced Whale Patrol, one of the best docos I have ever

Some years ago Leighton and I worked together on a documentary filmed on my
relatives¹ country, Baby Dreaming, in Arnhem Land. His courage, humour and
basic decency endeared him to us all.  He takes  those qualities into his
films along with stunning cinematography and a great story.

But be warned.  As with Whale Patrol - he doesn¹t pull any punches, and the
sight of a dead cockatoo (shot, I might add) will upset some.   However, I
think the juxtaposition of life and death, shooter and the teams of people
trying to pull the Carnaby¹s back from the brink of extinction make
compelling viewing.  Rarely have I been able to say that about a wildlife
documentary (I¹d rather be in the bush than sitting back in the comfort of
my home viewing it on a small screen).

I wouldn¹t  miss this documentary for the world, and I¹ll be adding it to my
Christmas shopping list.  I¹d better add that I¹ve no financial interest in
this film.

Denise Lawungkurr Goodfellow
PO Box 3460 NT 0832, AUSTRALIA
Ph. 61 08 89 328306
Mobile: 04 386 50 835

Birdwatching and Indigenous tourism consultant
PhD Candidate
Interpreter/transcriber, Lonely Planet Guide to Aboriginal Australia

Research survey:
For American birders -
For copies of Birds of Australia¹s Top End or Quiet Snake Dreaming, visit

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From: Jodie <>
Date: Thu, 9 Sep 2010 22:41:23 +0800
To: Jodie <>
Subject: ABC Documentary on Black Cockatoos - In Production

ABC TV Documentary ­ In Production

On a Wing and a Prayer follows the incredible life cycle of a family of rare
Black Cockatoos as they migrate to breeding grounds in the south-west of
Western Australia.   Every milestone in their struggle to survive is
documented through their engaging life story.  The odds are against them and
hope for their future lies in the hands of one man, Wildlife Investigator
Rick Dawson.  Photographed in stunning HD, On a Wing and a Prayer will
capture a remarkable, never filmed before journey, of life and hope for one
of Australia¹s most loved, but endangered birds.

The Website -

Be Captivated as we take a rare look, for the first time ever inside the
nesting hollow of an endangered female Black Cockatoo and follow the
uncertain lives as her chicks grow. From the first cracks of the eggs, to
the tentative extension of their wings. Filmed on mini HD cameras, we will
be capturing the intriguing lives of this family, recording 5 minutes at 5pm
every day. At this time each day the female leaves her nest to feed, this is
the best opportunity to see the eggs and once hatched - the adorable chicks.
Seventy long days of life until the birds are old enough to leave the nest.
Will they make it?

Email:   <>
Sea Dog Films Pty Ltd
Sea Dog TV International Pty Ltd
PO Box 2125, Marmion, WA  6020
Website: <>

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