One of Australia’s largest national parks, Rinyirru (Lakefield) National Park is situated in the southern part of Cape York Peninsula. The habitats of Lakefield are wild and diverse, and include dry open woodland, riverine forests, vine thickets, native grasslands, and wetlands. With such a variety of habitats comes a rich biodiversity including over 200 bird species.
Lakefield is renowned for its extensive wetland system of billabongs, swamps, lagoons, rivers and lakes. Sweetwater Lake (sometimes called Sweetwater Lagoon, which sounds nicer to me!) is a large shallow wetland in the north of the park, surrounded by dry tropical woodland and fringed with lush riparian forest. I spent a night camping at Sweetwater Lagoon and in the early morning recorded the sounds of the wetland awakening to a new day. The microphones were placed in a shady area under a stand of flowering melaleuca (paperbark) trees and throughout the album you can hear the sounds of various bird species come and go as they flutter and feed in the canopy above. In the background, birdsong from the surrounding woodland and wetland fills the warm morning air.