Running Time:

72 min

Release Date:

September 2008

Recording Location:

Thung Salaeng Luang National Park, northern Thailand

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An exotic diversity of birdsong fills an open pine meadow in Northern Thailand.

Beginning very quietly in the pre-dawn, you will hear the last nightjars and owls calling distantly. Gradually the dawn chorus begins, washing over the landscape like an approaching wave. Francolins, cuckoo-shrikes, minivets, barbets, woodpeckers, bulbulls, prinias and many more may be heard calling near and far.

A breeze whispers in the pines, and to conclude, you'll hear the animated chattering of Chestnut-headed Bee-eaters as they swoop for insects in the golden light of late afternoon.

This is a dynamic recording that will transport you to a unique habitat rich in birdlife.

Audio sample of this album


Nightjars and Owls in the Predawn



Meadow Awakening with Birdsong



Rufous Woodpeckers



First Wind in the Pines



Late Afternoon with Chestnut-headed Bee-eaters


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