Running Time:

62 min

Release Date:

October 2016

Recording Location:

Ned's Corner reserve, Murray river, Victoria

The River Forest

The Murray River drains a vast area of southeastern Australia, in its lower reaches forming a deep-flowing river lined with extensive red gum forests. In years of drought, the mouth of the river can receive so little flow as to silt up. But in flood, waters spread out into billabongs and wetlands, replenishing the land and nourishing these majestic riverine forests.

This recording comes from mid morning in the red gum forest. Birdsong is spacious and filters through the trees. Pied and grey butcherbirds call melodiously, along with the whistles of mulga parrots, the piping of magpie larks and the occasional distant cry of a corella or cockatoo. Crinia frogs call intermittently from moist areas on the forest floor. Small birds dart among the canopy; fantails, honeyeaters and flycatchers. Meanwhile a soft buzz of insects fills the warm air.

Andrew comments:

"As with our other 'meditations in nature' series, this is a single unedited recording, and a good example of a morning when at first it seems there is little going on, but the more one listens, the more you hear."

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The River Forest


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