Running Time:

65 min

Release Date:

April 1996

Recording Location:

(all World Heritage Wet Tropics, Far north Queensland):
Track 1-5: near Karri Creek, Atherton Tableland
Track 6-7: Paluma NP
Track 8: Paluma NP & Mossman Gorge NP
Track 9: Bellenden Kerr NP, The Boulders (nr Cardwell), Palmerston NP
Track 10: Broadwater State Forest park (nr Cardwell)
Track 11-13: Lacy Creek, Mission Beach area

A Walk in the Rainforest

Experience a walk in an Australian tropical rainforest.

Fruit doves call from high in the canopy, and exotic birds, such as the extraordinary Catbird, may be heard deep in the forest. A family of Chowchillas create chattering rhythms, and we overhear a rare Golden Bowerbird's display.

Later, tree frogs and insects make a restful symphony in the tropical night, giving way to a dawn chorus in a lush lowland rainforest. The album concludes with a sublime duet from a pair of Black Butcherbirds.

Andrew comments:

"This album took us 3 months of field work, during the build up to the wet season in far north Queensland. I remember a combination of amazement at the place, and sheer humid discomfort.

"When we look back now, we realise we captured some truly extraordinary recordings, both of rare species, and beautiful soundscapes."

Audio sample of this album


In a Highland Rainforest:



Entering the Forest
(featuring Catbird, with Fruit-Doves, Whipbirds,
Lewin Honeyeater & Fantails)



Along the Rainforest Path:



Wompoo Fruit-Doves



Victoria’s Riflebird









The Display of the Golden Bowerbird



By a Mountain Cascade



A Nightwalk in the Rainforest:



(with Green-eyed tree Frogs, Common Nursery Frogs,
Peeling Chirpers, and nocturnal insects)



(with Lesser Sooty Owl and Northern Barred Frog)



In a Lowland Rainforest:



A New Day
(featuring Grey Whistler and Boatbill)



Encounter with a Cassowary
(with Orange-footed Scrubfowl and Metallic Starlings)



Paradise Kingfishers (and Pied Monarch)



Rainforest Duet (featuring a pair of Black Butcherbirds)


Customer reviews of this album

I just wanted to say many thanks for all your beautiful recordings ('Spirit of the Outback', 'A Morning in the Australian Bush', 'A Walk in the Rainforest'). I am also very proud to say that they were the first recordings that we played our daughter, who was born last week. (My wife and I are both musicians so it was a big decision!)

As an Australian freelance artist, now living in Berlin for ten years, it is really great -- although sometimes very sad! -- to have these wonderful recordings playing in the apartment, and now to give our daughter the opportunity to soak up these sounds as well!

Thomas, Germany

What an absolutely delightful recording. It's just like actually being out there with nature's sounds in your own house. An absolutely fantastic background recording. I will be contacting you in the near future to purchase some of your albums. I also love the ringtones recordings.

Kerry, Australia

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