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Voices of the Night – Taman Negara, Malaysia

An excerpt from a 4 hour recording which, for the most part, captured Taman Negara's gentle nocturnal soundscape. However on this sample, the peaceful twinkling of insects & cooing of frogs is interrupted by alarm calls from a Spectacled Langur (Trachypithecus...

Pigging Out in Taman Negara, Malaysia

After leaving my gear out to capture the sounds of dusk, I retrieved the kit after dark & expected to hear a gentle evening chorus upon reviewing the recording. However, it seems a herd of wild pigs had spent most of the afternoon in the clearing where I left the...

The Call of the Helmeted Hornbill

Up to 1.7 metres in length (including the 50cm long tail), with a leathery, wrinkled face and sporting a bony casque on top of it's beak, the bizarre Helmeted Hornbill (Rhinoplax vigil) looks like a survivor from the Cretaceous era. The call of this species is almost...

Vanishing Soundscape from Kuala Tahan, Taman Negara, Malaysia

I just returned from a wonderful last minute trip to Malaysia, spending most of my time in Taman Negara National Park. First, we stayed a couple of nights at Kuala Tahan, exploring the well-trodden trails around the most popular entrance point to the reserve. From a...

Tigers in the Sal Forest

The roars from two Bengal Tigers reverberate through the Sal forest in Nepal's Bardia National Park. This is an excerpt from the album "A Day in Bardia" which was released just over 12 months ago. However, on a more recent trip to Nepal I recorded these tigers and...

Beautiful Now Competition

Recently the Beautiful Now community launched a competition to find the most beautiful sound in the world. I thought it would be worth submitting some of my favourite nature recordings 'Dusk by the Frog Pond' & was quite surprised when it won the competition!...

Jungle Book Forest, Chitwan National Park, Nepal

True, Rudyard Kipling was based in India - but the jungles his stories were based on are also found in the terai region of Nepal! Chitwan National Park is home to a healthy population of tiger, leopard, sloth bear, rhino, elephant, gaur, dhole, sambar deer, spotted...

Video: Powerful Owl (Ninox Strenua)

Australia's largest owl is aptly named for it's size and strength. Know to take prey as large as adult brushtail possums (see photo here!) the Powerful Owl is a formidable predator which hunts at night in the forests of south-east Australia. There are occasional...

Dawn at Fraser’s Hill, Malaysia

Nestled amongst jungle-clad mountains of Pahang province, Bukit Fraser (Fraser’s Hill) is one of Malaysia’s lovely hill resorts and an ideal base to explore the surrounding forests. This recording is an excerpt from the album "Bukit Fraser - Rainforest Dawn" which was...

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