The Daintree Rainforest in Far North Queensland is one of Australia’s largest intact lowland tropical rainforests. A haven of biodiversity, the Daintree region is home to iconic species such as the Southern Cassowary, Bennett’s Tree Kangaroo and Saltwater Crocodile. Although these larger species often remain hidden, the abundance of birdlife in the Daintree is obvious with around 430 species documented in the area.
This album was recorded in a forest gully early in the morning and captures some of the unique sounds of the Daintree Rainforest. Starting at first light, the first ten minutes of the album capture the vibrant dawn chorus with many species singing and heralding the new day. The recording then drifts into a more subdued ambience as the morning brightens. The whoops of Superb Fruit Doves can be heard from the canopy overhead, and Little Shrike-thrush sing occasionally from the understorey with their strident melodic phrases. Later in the recording, a morning breeze ebbs and flows through the forest and Wompoo Fruit-doves make their distinctive ‘wom-poo’ calls as they feed on a fruiting strangler fig.