birding-aus Bird-calls on TV (Sea-Change)

Subject: birding-aus Bird-calls on TV (Sea-Change)
From: Dr Richard Nowotny <>
Date: Wed, 09 Jun 1999 00:22:28 +1000
While watching the (repeat of the) ABC TV series Sea-Change last Saturday
night I became aware of two quite distinctive bird calls in the background
during this episode (the first time I have noticed any such thing).  During
a night-time indoor scene the distinctive calling of a Boobook Owl was
plainly audible in the background.  Later, during a day-time outdoor scene
at a beach (remember, this is filmed in and around Barwon Heads on the
Victorian coast - Bellarine Peninsula, south of Melbourne) the song of a
Golden Whistler was equally clearly distinguishable.  No reference was made
to either bird (or call) on the show, nor did the call seem to play any
part whatsoever in the story.
Now the interesting thing is:  Were these part of a live taping or were
they dubbed onto the sound-track?
The former seems pretty unlikely, everything considered.
The latter (ie. dubbed in) raises some interesting questions about why? by
whom? how come they had the tracks available?
Any thoughts, comments?  Or does someone actually know something about this
rather surprising event??
Richard ("lounge-potato") Nowotny 

From:    Dr Richard Nowotny,
             Melbourne, Australia.
             Tel. (w) 61-3-9214.1420

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