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Still image from Birds of Washington in Movie Makers, Dec. 1952, 324.

Date produced: 1952


J. Donald Sutherland

Ralph E. Lawrence




2400 ft





Sound Notes:



ACL Ten Best 1952 - Honorable Mention


"You wouldn't think that just one movie maker could shoot all this footage (2400) on birds — no matter how interested and informed he was on the subject. And if that was the way you felt, you would be dead right. For Birds of Washington is the joint work of two men, J. Don Sutherland and Ralph E. Lawrence, who, because they customarily screen their films together, chose to submit them as one contest entry. Both, in any case, are highly competent movie makers and soundly informed students of bird life. For example, they preface briefly each new subject grouping with a pictorial survey of the type of terrain in which the birds will be found. Makes the film that much more informative. Outstanding, in our recollections, are their sequences on the American bald eagle and on an owl — whose family tree we regret we cannot recall." Movie Makers, Dec. 1952, 340.


Record of the film on BFI.

An excerpted version of this film was included in a screening package titled: The ACL Presents "The Top of the Ten Best," made available through the ACL Club Film Library in 1953 (Movie Makers, Feb. 1953, 30). The premiere screening of this program is chronicled in "World Premiere in Washington!" (Movie Makers, May 1953, 125). Screenings of this program include a "TTB" note in the "Screenings" field below.


  • Washington, D.C. (Filming)






  • Screened by the Brooklyn Amateur Cine Club in 1953: Brooklyn, N.Y.
  • Screened (TTB) by the Washington Society of Cinematographers in 1953: Washington, D.C.
  • Screened (TTB) by the Metro Movie Club in 1953 : River Park, IL
  • Screened (TTB) by the Kankakee Camera Club in 1953 : Kankakee, IL
  • Screened (TTB) by the Oklahoma City Movie Makers in 1953: Oklahoma City, OK
  • Screened (TTB) by the Associated Amateur Cinema Clubs in 1953 : Chicago, IL
  • Screened (TTB) by the Franklin County Camera Club in 1953 : Greenfield, MA
  • Screened (TTB) by the Greater Denver Cinema League in 1953 : Denver, CO
  • Screened (TTB) by the Amateur Motion Picture Society of Denver in 1953: Denver, CO
  • Screened (TTB) by the Los Angeles 8mm. Club in 1953: Los Angeles, CA
  • Screened (TTB) by the Omaha Movie Club in 1953: Omaha, NE
  • Screened (TTB) by the Big Lake Cine Club in 1953 : Big Lake, TX
  • Screened (TTB) by the Golden Gate Cinematographers in 1953 : San Francisco, CA
  • Screened (TTB) by the Indianapolis Amateur Movie Club in 1953 : Indianapolis, IN
  • Screened (TTB) by the Kenosha Movie & Slide Club in 1953: Kenosha, WI
  • Screened (TTB) by the Los Angeles Cinema Club in 1953: Los Angeles, CA
  • Screened (TTB) by the Color Camera Club in 1953 : Waterloo, IA
  • Screened (TTB) by the Central Texas Camera Club in 1953 : Central Texas, TX
  • Screened (TTB) by the Southwest Movie Makers Guild in 1953: Houston, TX
  • Screened (TTB) by the Long Beach Cinema Club in 1953: Long Beach, CA
  • Screened (TTB) by the Amateur Movie Club of San Diego in 1953: San Diego, CA
  • Screened (TTB) by the Niles Movie Club in 1953: Niles, MI
  • Screened (TTB) by the Detroit Cinema Club in 1953: Detroit, MI
  • Screened (TTB) by the Boston Camera Club in 1953: Boston, MA

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