The cool, temperate rainforests of Tasmania are home to a rich variety of unique flora and fauna, with many species occurring nowhere else on Earth. Sadly, deforestation of old growth rainforests in Tasmania is an ongoing issue. Additionally, areas such as the Tarkine wilderness are under threat of a different type of exploitation, with mining companies seeking to plunder resources from below the ground.
The value of preserving Tasmania’s forests and wildlife cannot be understated, and in a small way I hope these recordings can help others appreciate their priceless beauty. These four tracks captures the vibrant sound of Tasmania’s beautiful montane rainforests in Mount Field National Park.
|1.||Dawn on the Mountain||[12:32]|
|3.||Light Rain in the Forest||[14:43]|
Track One – First light in a temperate rainforest high on Mount Field. The calls of Crescent Honeyeater, Pink Robin, Grey Fantail, and Tasmanian Thornbill fill the cool morning air. At 1:30 the evocative call of a Black Currawong is first heard, a common sound of Tasmania’s forests and a feature of this album.
Track Two – As the morning brightens, the intense dawn chorus settles to a more relaxed soundscape as many birds disperse into the forest to feed. Black Currawongs continue to call, and Green Rosellas make occasional bell-like melodic phrases (2:00, 3:58 & 10:45). Later in the track the trills of a Pink Robin can be heard clearly(11:36).
Track Three – Light rain starts to fall gently in the forest as Striated Pardalote and Crescent honeyeater call. At 3:00 a Grey Shrikethrush sings briefly. In the background Olive Whistler, Tasmanian Scrubwren, Silvereye can be heard occasionally, along with the squawks of a distant Sulphur-crested Cockatoo.
Track Four – The rain eases as a Yellow-tailed Cockatoo flies through the canopy with it’s eerie wailing. Grey Shrikethrush & Black Currawong call frequently during the first half of the track, followed by a tranquil forest ambience for the final seven minutes of the album.