Running Time:

71 min

Release Date:

November 2008

Recording Location:

Nam Nao National Park, Northern Thailand

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Rainforest Morning in Thailand

Morning birdsong fills an evergreen forest in Thailand, one of the world's ecological hotspots.

Frogs call softly from a nearby stream, and sounds carry through the depths of the forest. A large, mixed-species feeding flock moves through the canopy, and for thirty minutes or so, the forest is alive with wings and birdsong, as darting birds gleen among leaves and flutter through the canopy.

After they pass, the ambience of the forest quietens down a little, with barbets, the occasional squirrel and the growing hum of the morning insect chorus.

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Birdsong of a Mixed-species Feeding Flock Moving Through the Forest



Later Morning Forest Ambience


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