Australia’s mallee habitat can be found in a number of arid, sandy regions in the south of the continent. The name ‘mallee’ is an aboriginal word describing several species of eucalpyt which grow with multiple stems springing from an underground lignotuber. Healthy mallee areas are home to an abundance of wildlife, including many species which are unique to this habitat. However large areas of mallee have been cleared or severely damaged by over-grazing and fire mis-management, pushing some species such as the Mallee Emu-wren towards the brink of extinction.
‘Mallee Dawn’ is a 26 minute album comprising four recordings made early morning in Victoria’s Wyperfeld National Park. This extensive reserve protects significant areas of mallee and dry woodland and is a great place to observe native birds and other wildlife.
The following sample is taken from the first track of the album “Early Morning Darkness”: