Bardia National Park protects the largest area of wilderness in the Terai (lowlands) region of Nepal. The sal forests and open grasslands are home to around 53 species of mammal and over 400 bird species. This album was recorded in early spring, when many of the resident birds and newly-arrived migrant species start to breed, the forests are alive with song.
At first light, the calls of nocturnal birds, Large-tailed Nightjar and Asian Barred Owlet, fade into the rising dawn chorus. Rich, fluty notes from the Black-hooded Oriole echo through the park, while a White-rumped Shama melodiously whistles phrases to declare his territory. On track four, the roars from two Bengal Tigers reverberate in the sal forest, and if you listen carefully an elephant can be heard making a higher-pitched roar in the background. As the day progresses a light breeze picks up, and Chestnut-headed Bee-eaters glide above the grasslands, hawking for insects. In the shady riverine forest, bees hum & birds continue to sing on this mild spring day. The album concludes with the afternoon quietly descending into twilight, cuckoos still calling as owls and nightjars awaken.