This 58 minute album captures the vibrant sounds of Tasmania’s beautiful montane rainforests in Mount Field National Park. Downloadable in mp3 and FLAC formats.
- April 12, 2015 New Album – Tasmania’s Ancient Rainforest
- April 6, 2015 Evening in Doi Inthanon National Park, Thailand
- April 2, 2015 Mystery Call from Dharug National Park, NSW, Australia
- September 16, 2014 Sounds of Thailand’s Tropical Rainforest
- September 2, 2014 New Album: Andalucian Dawn
- August 13, 2014 Birdsong of Thailand’s Deciduous Forest – Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary
- July 5, 2014 Blackcap & Bumblebees
- June 30, 2014 New Album – Storm in Sinharaja
- April 14, 2014 First Light at Chiltern, Victoria, Australia
- Dawn in Mallee Country
- April 8, 2014 The Beast of Dunn’s Swamp
- The Beautiful Sounds of Wollemi National Park, NSW, Australia
Mountain Scops Owl, Barking Deer and various insects can be heard on the forest soundscape recorded in the evening on the slopes of Doi Inthanon in northern Thailand.
UPDATE: I’ve received several comments from birdwatchers just as perplexed as I was, but finally a suggestion on something ‘outside the box’ which seems to match – the unusual barks of a Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes). Compare the sound on the following video at 0.21 seconds - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cETa0x0Zfzw
I left the microphones out all night in Dharug National Park, NSW, Australia, and this call was recorded just before midnight. The habitat was temperate rainforest and wet eucalypt forest in a valley, around the Mill Creek camping area.
There are a couple of very soft notes after 2-3 seconds, but the main call starts at 10 seconds.
An Australian Brush Turkey was hanging around the camp earlier in the afternoon but this call is unlike the typical grunts and deep booms of this species. Superb Lyrebirds are also common at this site and are capable of making a wide range of strange calls, however they are usually silent at night and I’ve never heard them make a call like this.
Looking forward to hearing some suggestions as to what this call could be! Please send any comments via the http://wildambience.com/contact/ page.
Kaeng Krachan National Park protects an immense area of wilderness (almost 3000 square kilometres) & is a great place to record sounds and photograph nature. It is teeming with wildlife, including wild elephants, tigers, leopards, bears, gibbons and about 400 species of birds, although they are not all so easy to see.
This recording was made along the main access road at first light. I’ll be putting an album together including other recordings from this location in the future.
A new album has just been published – “Andalucian Dawn”.
This recording was made in late spring in the temperate forests of the Sierra de las Nieves, Andalucia, Spain. Bumblebees are buzzing, and the warm air is full of birdsong. For a full track listing, photos and recording notes go to the album page – http://wildambience.com/andalucian-dawn
Here’s a sample from the album.
Thailand’s deciduous forests are a type of tropical woodland and home to a diverse range of birds and wildlife. This recording was made in the Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary, one of Thailand’s most successful tiger reserves.
In this sample you can hear the fluty calls of Black-hooded Oriole, the chattering of White-crested Laughingthrush and many other species including Lineated Barbet, Blue-bearded Bee-eater and Black Giant Squirrel.
Early summer in the Serrania de Ronda, Spain, and the Bumblebees are busy collecting pollen from flowering shrubs. A Blackcap sings sweetly nearby, and a Blackbird perches near the microphones then descends to the ground to forage in the leaf litter.
Last month, Rachel & I were planning to visit Thailand en-route to the UK, but due to the political situation/ military coup had to re-route our trip. After some frantic last minute cancellations & re-bookings, we found ourselves on a flight to Colombo, Sri Lanka.
The country has recovered well after decades of civil war, and still has significant areas of healthy drier savannah-type habitat as well as one large protected area of hill rainforest. Top of our list was a visit to this rainforest, the Sinharaja reserve, with the hope of recording some of it’s unique wildlife, but the torrential monsoon rain forced us to spend most of our time sheltering at our lodge. However on our final morning the rain eased for a few hours and we were able to record the sounds you hear on this album.
We also visited Yala National Park in the south-east of the country, which is famous for it’s healthy leopard population. After a long day bouncing around in the back of an ancient jeep, we finally caught up with a female leopard, although she wasn’t particularly cooperative when it came to photos! We made a number of recordings in Yala, and will post some in the coming weeks.
Recorded last spring at 5:45am in Chiltern-Mount Pilot National Park, Victoria, Australia
Round Hill & Nombinnie Nature Reserves protect vital mallee habitat in western NSW, Australia. Spring is a great time to visit these areas, and if you can handle the frosty mornings, the intense dawn chorus of the mallee country is amazing.
Species recorded include: Bar-shouldered Dove, Common Bronzewing, White-fronted, Grey-fronted & White-eared Honeyeaters, Gilbert’s Whistler, Crested Bellbird and Southern Scrub-Robin
I’ll be putting together an album of recordings from these locations soon.
And another recording from later in the morning at a nearby location –
LISTEN WITH HEADPHONES IF YOU CAN!
For the early Australian settlers, camping in the bush must have been a frightening experience.
With limited knowledge of Australian fauna, their imaginations no doubt ran wild when hearing some of the rather disconcerting sounds of the bush at night – such as these harmless Brush-tailed Possums having a territorial disagreement.
Last winter I stayed at a lovely campsite at Dunn’s Swamp in Wollemi National Park. It was wonderfully quiet at night, apart from the sounds of nocturnal wildlife.
Before sunrise, I put the microphones out to capture the dawn chorus, but the frost sent me back to the tent and I enjoyed the performance from the comfort of a sleeping bag!
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