Running Time:

117 min

Release Date:

March 2010

Recording Location:

An ephemeral waterhole, 120 km northwest of Bourke, northern NSW

Budgerigar Country

Hear Budgerigars in their natural habitat - the dry, inland of Australia.

Nesting in ancient, gnarled eucalypts by an ephemeral waterhole, Budgies can be heard calling as they socialise and fly off to feed. Nearby, prolifically flowering eremophila bushes attract Spiney-cheeked Honeyeaters, with their lovely wheazy calls.
Also to be heard are a great variety of desert birdlife, including occasional groups of Cockatiels as they wing overhead, Red-backed Kingfishers, Galahs, Magpie Larks, Mulga Parrots, Spotted Bowerbirds, tiny Diamond Doves, and delicately-coloured Pink Cockatoos.

A subtle and beautiful recording from the home of the wild Budgerigar.

Note: This album comprises one 'single-take' recording, divided into three tracks for convenience of listening. We wanted to make the full recording available, and the downloadable version of this album plays for nearly 2 hours. Due to limitations in capacity however, only the first two tracks could be included on the CD version.

Audio sample of this album

1.

Budgerigar Country, part 1

29.30

2.

Budgerigar Country, part 2

36.41

3.

Budgerigar Country, part 3

50.57

Customer reviews of this album

Thank you so much! I am playing it now and even though it is passed midnight here in Norway, my budgie - Henrikke - is answering! (By the way she also loves the album "Happy Budgies"!)

Elizabeth, Norway

I downloaded Budgerigar County yesterday, and wanted you to know how much my budgies love it.

I've played YouTube budgie sounds for them before, but that seems to over stimulate them. Budgerigar Country, on the other hand, has had an animating effect yet calms them too. I loop it on my laptop to play all day, and they hop around chirping, fluttering, flying, and eventually settle in talking to themselves. It really has been amazing how varied their reactions have been.

We recently doubled the size of their aviary, and I honestly believe this recording has helped them adjust much more quickly to all the redecorating and expanded space. Take care and thanks for such a wonderful and affordable product!

Christy, USA

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About the audio formats

Mp3:

Mp3 is a universal audio format, playable on iPods, computers, media players and mobile phones.

Mp3 is a compressed format, allowing smaller filesizes, offering faster download times and requiring less storage space on players, but at some expense to the audio quality. Many listeners can't really hear the difference between mp3 and full CD-quality audio, and hence its convenience has lead to it becoming the default option for audio.

Our albums are generally encoded at around 256kbps (sometimes with VBR), balancing optimal audio quality without blowing out filesizes excessively. We encode using the Fraunhoffer algorithm, which preserves more detail in the human audible range than the lame encoder.

Our mp3 files are free of any DRM (digital rights management), so you can transfer them to any of your media technology. You've paid for them, they're yours for your personal use without restriction.

Mp3 files can be burned to disc, either as an mp3 disc, or an audio CD after converting them to a standard audio (.wav or .aif) format first.

FLAC:

FLAC is a high-quality audio format, allowing CD-resolution audio. It is ideal if you wish to burn your files to a CDR, or listen over a high resolution audio system. However files usually require special decoding by the user before playing or burning to disc.

FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) is a LOSSLESS compressed audio format. This means that it preserves the full audio quality of a CD, but optimises the filesize for downloading. Typically, file sizes of around 60% are achieved without any degradation or loss of audio quality from the source files at the CD standard of 16bit/44.1kHz.

Obviously the file sizes are larger than for the mp3 version - usually around 300-400Mb for an album, compared to 100Mb for an mp3 album.

In addition, you'll need to know what to do with the files once you've downloaded them. In most cases you'll want to decode the files to wav or aiff, either to import into programs like iTunes, or burn to CDR. Some programs will play flac files natively.

There is a lot of information about flac online (eg: http://flac.sourceforge.net/)