Tasmania’s Ancient Rainforest


Pure nature sounds recorded in Tasmania's wilderness

Album Details

Recording Location: Mount Field National Park, Tasmania
Habitat: Temperate rainforest
Duration: 58 minutes (4 tracks)
Audio Formats: CD, mp3 & FLAC (48kHZ/24bit)
Price: $12.95 (Download), $19.95 (CD). Prices are in Australian dollars (AUD)

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Album Description

The cool, temperate rainforests of Tasmania are home to a rich variety of unique flora and fauna, with many species occurring nowhere else on Earth. Sadly, deforestation of old growth rainforests in Tasmania is an ongoing issue. Additionally, areas such as the Tarkine wilderness are under threat of a different type of exploitation, with mining companies seeking to plunder resources from below the ground.

The value of preserving Tasmania’s forests and wildlife cannot be overstated, and in a small way I hope these recordings can help others appreciate their priceless beauty. These four tracks captures the vibrant sounds of Tasmania’s beautiful montane rainforests in Mount Field National Park.

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Recording Location

Mount Field National Park, Tasmania

Track Listing

1. Dawn on the Mountain (12:32)
First light in a temperate rainforest high on Mount Field. The calls of Crescent Honeyeater, Pink Robin, Grey Fantail, and Tasmanian Thornbill fill the cool morning air. At 1:30 the evocative call of a Black Currawong is first heard, a common sound of Tasmania’s forests and a feature of this album.
2. Morning Symphony (15:25)
As the morning brightens, the intense dawn chorus settles to a more relaxed soundscape as many birds disperse into the forest to feed. Black Currawongs continue to call, and Green Rosellas make occasional bell-like melodic phrases (2:00, 3:58 & 10:45). Later in the track the trills of a Pink Robin can be heard clearly (11:36).
3. Light Rain in the Forest (14:43)
Light rain starts to fall gently in the forest as Striated Pardalote and Crescent honeyeater call. At 3:00 a Grey Shrikethrush sings briefly. In the background Olive Whistler, Tasmanian Scrubwren, Silvereye can be heard occasionally, along with the squawks of a distant Sulphur-crested Cockatoo.
4. Tranquil Afternoon (15:28)
The rain eases as a Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo flies through the canopy with it’s eerie wailing. Grey Shrikethrush & Black Currawong call frequently during the first half of the track, followed by a tranquil forest ambience for the final seven minutes of the album.

Bird species heard on this album include:

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoo, Green Rosella, Crescent Honeyeater, Pink Robin, Grey Fantail, Tasmanian Thornbill, Tasmanian Scrubwren, Striated Pardalote, Grey Shrikethrush, Olive Whistler, Silvereye & Black Currawong.

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