Tasmania's Ancient Rainforest - Album Cover

Ancient Rainforest

Natural sounds from temperate rainforest
in the Tasmanian wilderness.

Recording Location: Mount Field NP, Australia
Habitat: Temperate rainforest
Duration: 58 minutes (4 tracks)
Year of Release: 2015 © All rights reserved
Download Formats: mp3 & FLAC (48kHZ/24bit)


Tasmania's Ancient Rainforest - Album Cover

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.

In a small way I hope these recordings can help others appreciate their priceless beauty of Tasmania’s forests and wildlife. These four tracks captures the sounds of the mossy temperate rainforests of Mount Field National Park.

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Recording Location

Map - Mount Field, 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 clanging calls of a Black Currawong are first heard, an evocative 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.

Photos from the Recording Location