Chitwan is one of Nepal’s most popular National Parks and is a haven to some of the sub-continent’s most beautiful animals. Healthy populations of Indian One-horned Rhinoceros, Asian Elephant, Bengal Tiger, Leopard and Sloth Bear live in Chitwan’s forests and grasslands, as well as around 500 species of bird.
This album was recorded in riverine forest adjacent to the Rapti River, a major waterway flowing along the park’s boundary. The week leading up to the recording, storm clouds had been gathering in the late afternoon, and releasing heavy downpours. Before each storm, the afternoon birdsong is was particularly rich. Dark clouds continue to form, surrounding the forest, grumbling and rolling continuously. This particular afternoon, the rainfall was lighter than usual, and soon enough the storm had passed, birds singing again as the sky brightened.