Running Time:

144 min

Release Date:

March 2019

Recording Location:

Double Creek (tributary of Wallagaraugh R), Croajingolong National Park, Far East Gippsland, Victoria

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The far southeast corner of mainland Australia, known as East Gippsland, is a region of mountain eucalypt forests, lowland dry sclerophyll woodlands, coastal heaths and, in sheltered locations, pockets of temperate rainforest. It is to one of these pockets that this recording takes us.

The tanin-stained waters of an esturine creek flow silently, almost imperceptibly, soon to join the lower reaches of the Wallagaraugh River. Its banks are lined with a gallery forest of tall euclypts and dense shrubby understory. Occasionally a fish splashes in the dark water.

In the predawn darkness, a Yellow-bellied Glider calls while parachuting among the treetops, a Sooty Owl gives a distinctive whistle, a Koala grunts distantly and the first birdsong is heard. As the dawn chorus gathers pace, Yellow Robins, Golden Whistlers, Honeyeaters, Kookaburras, Wonga Pigeons, Fantails and Whipbirds join in.

After the chorus ebbs, we hear the delicate song of Rose Robins, the tinkling of Bell Miners, Lyrebirds, King Parrots, Spinebills, Lewin Honeyeaters and Currawongs, while Bassian Thrushes give high-frequency trills while foraging among the leaf litter close by.

It really is a spectacular palette of bird sounds. This continuous recording ends with the sharp, piping calls of a tiny Azure Kingfisher and it flies like an irridescent arrow up the waterway.

Andrew comments:

"This recording was made during a field recording workshop I facilitated in the far east of Victoria. On this particular morning, we'd all arrived before dawn at a place where coastal rainforest flanked a small waterway.

"I suggested participants make their own recordings using various techniques. Some  deployed microphones on tripods, while others clipped small binaural mics around their ears, so as to record the rainforest exactly as they heard it while sitting silently.

"Meanwhile, after leaving my own microphone rig a distance away to have its own adventure, I concentrated on engaging with folks, discussing the soundscape and sharing ways of capturing what we were hearing. I had no thought at the time of sharing my own recording beyond those who were there - it was just good fun.

"But listening back some time later, I found myself enjoying the recording so much I wanted to make it available. It was a spectacular morning. I particularly like the Bassian Thrushes, which can be heard foraging and calling right by the microphones on occasion.

"After featuring an Azure Kingfisher on the cover, I was delighted to recognise one calling in flight at the very end of the recording - a perfect conclusion to the album."


Audio sample of this album


Predawn: Eastern Yellow Robins, Brown Tree Frogs, Yellow-bellied Gliders and a Sooty Owl



The First Koookaburras and a Koala



The Dawn Chorus Swells: Wonga Pigeons, Whistlers, Honeyeaters and Thrushes



The Dawn Chorus Ebbs: Whipbirds and Grey Fantail



Superb Lyrebird



Yellow-faced Honeyeater



Bassian Thrush



Lewin Honeyeater and King Parrot



Eastern Whipbird



Eastern Spinebills



Fantailed Cuckoo



Brown Gerygone



Pied Currawong



White-naped Honeyeater



Rose Robin



Masked Lapwing



Spotted Pardalotte, Grey Fantail and Antipodean Blackbird



Golden Whistlers



Azure Kingfisher


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