Running Time:

67 min

Release Date:

April 2009

Recording Location:

The Rann of Kutch, Gujarat, India

The Great Rann

The Great Rann of Kutch - a flat landscape of thornscrub, desert and miraculous wetlands, situated in India's arid north-western region.

Flooded during the monsoon, in the dry season this vast area becomes a moonscape of dried earth, dotted with sparse thornscrub and refuge wetlands. Flamingos, pelicans, cranes and waterfowl gather on mirror lakes in huge numbers, and in the dry thornscrub, doves, prinias, bulbuls, coucals and silverbills contribute to a chorus of delicate birdsong that drifts over the arid plains. At dusk, groups of Grey Francolins are heard among the grasslands, their calls echoing into the distance.

The Rann is utterly unique; a vibrant yet fragile ecosystem. This recording will take you there.

Audio sample of this album


Wetlands of the Rann



Across the Plains of Thornscrub



Common Cranes Fly Overhead



Dusk Chorus of Grey Francolins


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