The ringing bell-like call of the Bell Miner (known to most Australians as the Bellbird), is a familiar sound in the tall moist eucalypt forests of south-eastern Australia. Actually a type of honeyeater, Bellbirds live in colonies and mainly eat insects, especially psyllids and their lerps (sugary secretions used as protective shelters by the tiny psyllid insects) from the foliage of eucalypts. In a large colony, the ‘tink’ notes offered by each individual combine to create an amazing musical chorus which can be heard throughout the day.
Henry Kendall, an Australian poet of the 19th century (1839 – 1882) visited the rugged Australian mountain country & described his experience in his poem “Bellbirds” -
“By channels of coolness the echoes are calling,
And down the dim gorges I hear the creek falling:
It lives in the mountain where moss and the sedges
Touch with their beauty the banks and the ledges.
Through breaks of the cedar and sycamore bowers
Struggles the light that is love to the flowers;
And, softer than slumber, and sweeter than singing,
The notes of the bell-birds are running and ringing…..”
This album was recorded in the misty forests of Watagans National Park, NSW, Australia on a cool winter’s day, and features the tinkling of bellbirds as a backdrop to the songs and calls of honeyeaters, thornbills, catbirds and many other bird species. Track 3 focuses on the incredibly complex and beautiful song of a male Superb Lyrebird as he sings from his display mound in an effort to impress a mate. The richness and accuracy of mimicry from this particular individual is outstanding and will no doubt leave you in awe!
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