In September 2018 I spent a few days recording the natural sounds of Kutini-Payamu (Iron Range) National Park on Cape York Peninsula. This area is a biodiversity hotspot with a unique combination of New Guinean and Australian fauna and flora. Teeming with wildlife, Kutini-Payamu is a refuge for a number of species of global conservation concern and is one of the largest remaining areas of lowland rainforest in Australia. Birdwatchers usually refer to this area as 'Iron Range' and it is known as one of Australia's prime birding sites.
The sounds of this area are unique - quite different from those further south in the forests of the Daintree region. Eclectus Parrots squawk and screech as they fly overhead. Male Magnificent Riflebirds make loud, rich whistles which resonate through the forest. Trumpet Manucodes display high in the canopy with deep, retching calls. This album captures the rare and iconic sounds of this spectacular region.