From the Archives: 1978_3. David Parer filming a tribal sing-sing near Mendi, Southern Highlands, Papua New Guinea for the film “Voices in the Forest”. The decorative bird plumes worn by the dancers are from birds of paradise; the pearl shells around their necks are a sign of status.
From the Archives: 1978_1.David Parer (L) & field assistant Alan Parfifi filming a very big cassowary and pig kill near Halalinja, Southern Highlands, Papua New Guinea for the film Bird of the Thunder Woman. The film was about the cultural and spiritual significance of cassowary to the highland peoples and involved a mass gift exchange of meat.
From the Archives: 1978_2. A break in filming of “Bird of the Thunder Woman” at the village of Halalinja, Southern Highlands, Papua New Guinea. For these people status and alliances with neighbouring clans is vital and they cement relationships by giving away wealth in massive gift exchanges.
From the Archives: 1996_4. David Parer filming Galapagos Penguins feeding on schools of anchovy in the Galapagos for “The Dragons of Galapagos” documentary.
From the Archives: 1996_5. Unloading camera and camping equipment on the west coast of Fernandina Island, Galapagos Islands.
From the Archives: 1985_6. LIz Parer-Cook, exiting a disused mine shaft full of Little Bent-wing bats during filming for the “Nature of Australia” series.
From the Archives: 1985_7. David Parer filming the salt encrusted surface of Lake Eyre in central Australia where the Lake Eyre Dragon is one of the few animals to live in this desolate environment, during a shoot for Nature of Australia – a series of 6 programs for Australia’s 1988 bi-centenary about the evolution of the island continent.
From the Archives: 1981_8. David Parer – in summer on the polar plateau inland from the French Base of Dumont Durville filming for the IBEA (International Biomedical Expedition to the Antarctic).
From the Archives: 1981_9. Liz Parer-Cook on the polar plateau inland from Mawson Base, summer 1982. “We set up a base camp near Mount Henderson with 2 dog teams to re-enact Douglas Mawson’s famed yet tragic sledging journey of 1912-13 – an amazing experience.”
From the Archives: 1981_10. David Parer filming killer whales in Alaska for the “Wolves of the Sea” documentary.
From the Archives: 2006_11. Our vehicle going through a boggy patch after rains, Iron Range, Cape York, during a shoot for “Australia: Land of Parrots”.
From the Archives: 1995_12. Liz Parer-Cook sound recording a flightless cormorant – a bird that’s only found in the Galapagos.