The ringing bell-like call of the Bell Miner (known to many Australians as the ‘bellbird’) is a familiar sound in the tall moist eucalypt forests of south-eastern Australia. Actually a type of honeyeater, Bell Miners live in colonies and mainly eat insects, especially psyllids and their lerps (sugary secretions used as protective shelters by the tiny psyllid insects) from the foliage of eucalypts. In a large colony, the ‘tink’ notes offered by each individual combine to create an ethereal chorus which can be heard throughout the day.
This album was recorded in the misty forests of Watagans National Park, NSW, Australia on a cool winter’s day, and features the tinkling of bellbirds as a backdrop to the songs and calls of honeyeaters, thornbills, catbirds and many other bird species. Track 3 focuses on the incredibly complex and beautiful song of a male Superb Lyrebird as he sings from his display mound in an effort to impress a mate. The richness and accuracy of mimicry in the song of this species is wonderful.