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Karri and Jarrah - The Great Forests of Southwest Australia

by Andrew Skeoch

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Grey Fantail 10:45


The wetter region of far southwestern Australia is home to ancient, towering stands of Karri and Jarrah. These two eucalypt species have been highly prized for their timber, however significant remaining forests are now protected in reserves.

These forests flower in spring, producing an exuberance of nectar that attracts crazy flocks of lorikeets and numerous honeyeaters. Pumped up on sugar, they skitter around the canopy, calling extrovertly.

But among the partying, there is far more to hear: pardalottes pipe sweetly while gleaning among leaves, the cries of Black Cockatoos echo as they wing lazily between the trees, tiny thornbills and wrens twitter close by from the shrubby midstory, and flycatchers sing pleasantly between airborn forays in search of insects.

This album comprises a single recording, taking you into the heart of these lofty forests on a sunlit, spring morning.


released December 17, 2014

Recording location:
Shannon National Park, Western Australia


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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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