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Call of the Ocean

by Andrew Skeoch

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Ocean Beach 05:21
Silver Gulls 05:01
The Blowhole 05:03


This recording takes you on a walk along a wild ocean shoreline, from beaches and into coastal dune habitats.

We begin on a golden sand beach, with waves breaking and whooshing, to fizz up at our feet. A Sooty Oystercatcher wings past giving piping calls, and later we come across a garrulous mob of Silver Gulls.

From the beach we move into the dune fields, to hear birdsong characteristic of coastal heaths and banksia shrubs; wattlebirds, grassbirds, coucals and fairy-wrens, while a White-breasted Sea Eagle calls as it circles serenely overhead. A little inland, we hear the tinkling of Bell Miners drifting across a coastal freshwater lake from the far shore.

Later we sit on rocks by a blowhole, as waves send plumes of spray booming skyward. As evening falls, the soft braying of Fairy Penguins wafts across the dunes as they return from a day of feeding at sea to roost in their burrows. We conclude with the playful lapping of wave wash in tidal pools and on a distant beachline.

These recordings were made on Australia's southeast coasts, and alternate between ocean wave wash and the distinctive soundscapes of littoral ecosystems.


released August 15, 1999

Recording locations:
Tracks 1-5: near Sorento, Point Nepean NP, Vic
Track 6-7: Mimosa Rocks NP, SE NSW
Track 8: Discovery Bay NP, SE NSW
Track 9-10: Yuragir NP, NE NSW
Track 11: Point Nepean NP, Vic
Track 12-14: Phillip Island, Vic


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Andrew Skeoch Australia

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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