Cape York Peninsula has some of the most extensive melaleuca swamp forests remaining in Australia. Melaleuca trees (pronounced ‘mel-la-loo-ka’), also known as paperbarks, thrive on floodplains and wetlands in northern Australia. They provide nesting sites for many bird species and their flowers are important food sources for nectivorous birds such as honeyeaters and lorikeets.
This album was recorded by the edge of a melaleuca swamp, adjacent to dry tropical woodland and with an open lilypad-covered lagoon in the background. Locations like this where multiple habitats overlap are especially rich in biodiversity. The recording captures the early morning sounds of both wetland and woodland species calling and moving about in this unique landscape. Listen with headphones to immerse yourself in the dynamics of this recording – the movement of birds as they fly from one place to another in stereo is particularly engaging!
The tracks on this album were extracted from one long recording made between 5am and 9am. The notes below describe some of the sounds you can hear on each track.