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On the Banks of the Emerald River

by Andrew Skeoch


Lawn Hill - spring-fed, emerald-green waters flow from a spectacular red rock gorge, the river banks lined with a gallery rainforest of pandanus palms, fig trees and tropical eucalypts.

This dry country oasis is one of the best places to find birdlife in the gulf savannah of Northern Queensland.

A Barking Owl begins in the predawn, followed by a chorus of Blue-winged Kookaburras. A multitude of Honeyeaters join the dawn chorus, along with White-browed Robins and Little Shrike-thrushes. The mighty calls of Channel-billed Cuckoos echo up the river, and later a family of rare and beautiful Purple-crowned Fairy Wrens is heard calling among the pandanus.


released February 10, 2008

Recording location:
Boojamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park



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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