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Australian Creeks & Waterfalls

by Andrew Skeoch

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This recording takes you to the Mount Lamington rainforests of eastern Australia. These are subtropical rainforests, quite different to those found further north in Queensland.

As the foot tracks through this rainforest wind into sheltered gullies and valleys, the sound of flowing water is everywhere, and we frequently cross streams or come upon small waterfalls.

Meanwhile, birdsong drifts from the surrounding forest - Golden Whistlers, Currawongs, Fantails, Logrunners, Thornbills, Gerygones, Fruit-doves, Robins and the unusual calls of the Green Catbird. Small frogs call from soaks on the forest floor, and cicadas sing from the forest canopy.

These are ancient rainforests, and hidden deep in the ferny understory we hear two species from early songbird lineages which still survive here. The first is the Noisy Scrubbird - seldom seen but well named. The other is the rare Albert's Lyrebird (cousin of the more well-known Superb Lyrebird), found only in this Border Ranges region, who's mimicry and song echoes through the forest.

This album can be enjoyed for the relaxing ambiences of flowing water, but it is also a sonic portrait of a vibrant ecosystem.


released March 15, 2001

Recording location:
Lamington National Park, SE Queensland


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Andrew is a master wildlife field recordist. For over 30 years, he and partner / photographer Sarah Koschak have been documenting the voices of the world's ecosystems and wild creatures. The resulting recordings have been published through their dedicated label: Listening Earth ... more

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