Running Time:

72 min

Release Date:

October 2010

Recording Location:

'Liquid Amber' forest near Köycegiz, south-eastern Turkey
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Frankincense Forest

In the leafy shade of a woodland in Southern Turkey, the air is perfumed with the aroma of Frankincense.

In ancient times, this small 'liquid amber' forest supplied sacred resin that was traded from Egypt to Babylon. Still a productive grove today, it is now an oasis of calm.

Birdsong wafts among the trees - Serins, Chaffinches, Long-tailed Tits, Nuthatches, Blackbird and Greenfinches are heard as they flit among the branches on a sunlit, spring morning.

This is an atmospheric recording from a magical place.

Audio sample of this album


Frankincense Morning



Chorus of Green and Gold Finches



Krüper's Nuthatch



Chaffinch in the Sunshine



Greenfinch Solo



Serin Songflights



Blackbird at his Songperch


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