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Echoes in a Secret Gorge

by Andrew Skeoch

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In a dramatic gorge, hidden deep in Turkey's Taurus Mountains, we discover a wondrous natural soundscape.

This is unexpected, as the deep and narrow valley, overshadowed by snow-capped peaks, seems barren and inhospitable. Yet it turns out to be home to a remarkable diversity of birds and animals.

In the darkness, a Rock Thrush begins the dawn chorus. The piping calls of a Scops Owl echo eerily off the rocks walls, and whistles from rare Snowcocks drift down from icy crags near the snowline. Eventually, the whole gorge reverberates with birdsong, including the calls of a majestic Golden Eagle as it soars above the ridge lines, and the barking of Ibex as they negotiate the precipitous cliffs.

In the late afternoon, Alpine Swifts twitter animatedly during playful aerobatics, their wings whistling as they swoop overhead.

As evening falls, the beautiful sound of sheep bells echoes in the natural amphitheatre.

This is a hauntingly beautiful recording from a secret landscape.


released December 10, 2010

Recording Location:
Demerkazik Gorge, Taurus Mountains, Southern Turkey.


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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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