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New Album: Andalucian Dawn

A new album is now available - "Andalucian Dawn"! This album was recorded in late spring in the temperate forests of the Sierra de las Nieves, Andalucia, Spain. Bumblebees are buzzing, and the warm air is full of birdsong. The album begins in the early morning...

Blackcap & Bumblebees

Early summer in the Serrania de Ronda, Spain, and the Bumblebees are busy collecting pollen from flowering shrubs. A Blackcap sings sweetly nearby, and a Blackbird perches near the microphones then descends to the ground to forage in the leaf litter. [soundcloud...

New Album – Storm in Sinharaja

Last month, Rachel & I were planning to visit Thailand en-route to the UK, but due to the political situation/ military coup had to re-route our trip. After some frantic last minute cancellations & re-bookings, we found ourselves on a flight to Colombo, Sri Lanka.

The country has recovered well after decades of civil war, and still has significant areas of healthy drier savannah-type habitat as well as one large protected area of hill rainforest. Top of our list was a visit to this rainforest, the Sinharaja reserve, with the hope of recording some of it’s unique wildlife, but the torrential monsoon rain forced us to spend most of our time sheltering at our lodge.

First Light at Chiltern, Victoria, Australia

Recorded on a chilly spring morning at dawn in Chiltern-Mount Pilot National Park, Victoria, Australia. I positioned the microphones in a grassy meadow surrounded by box-ironbark woodland. Australian Magpies and Willie Wagtails sing from the meadow while a variety of...

Dawn in Mallee Country

Round Hill & Nombinnie Nature Reserves protect vital mallee habitat in western NSW, Australia. Spring is a great time to visit these areas, and if you can handle the frosty mornings, the intense dawn chorus of the mallee country is amazing. Species recorded...

Relax by a Mountain Stream – Bukit Fraser, Malaysia

Recorded in montane rainforest in the Malaysia highlands. The deep 'whoo-oom woop' of Mountain Imperial Pigeon can be heard above the gentle stream. A Rufous-browed Flycatcher makes the ticking call as it hunts in the undergrowth, and a Fire-tufted Barbet calls...

The Beast of Dunn’s Swamp

For the early Australian settlers, camping in the bush must have been a frightening experience. With limited knowledge of Australian fauna, their imaginations no doubt ran wild when hearing some of the rather disconcerting sounds of the bush at night - such as these...

Dawn Soundscape from Wollemi National Park

Last winter I stayed at a campsite at Dunn's Swamp in Wollemi National Park. It was wonderfully quiet at night, apart from the calls an rustlings of some of the nocturnal wildlife. Before sunrise, I put the microphones out to capture the dawn chorus, but the frost...

Life After the Fires – Blue Mountains, Australia

After the tragic bushfires which devastated parts of the Blue Mountains recently, much of the scenery around Lithgow is charred black. However, in some of the wetter gullies the vegetation was spared, and these pockets of green must have acted as 'life-rafts' for...

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