Running Time:

77 min

Release Date:

March 2008

Recording Location:

Satkosia National Park, Orissa, India.

Indian Jungle Dawn

A beautiful morning of birdsong unfolds in one of India's rare lowland forests.

Spotted Owlets give their last calls as the dawn chorus begins. Indian Scimtar Babblers are heard on all sides with their warm tonal songs, along with White-browed Fantails and the contrapuntal rhythms of Tailorbirds. Parakeets fly through the forest, Malabar squirels call loudly, langur 'whoop's fill the forest, and woodpeckers drum overhead.

This recording will take you into a pristine wild place.

Audio sample of this album

1.

Spotted Owlets in the Pre-dawn

8.34

2.

Indian Scimitar Babbler Chorus

10.22

3.

Dawn Comes to the Jungle

13.00

4.

Plum-headed Parakeets

13.33

5.

Tailorbird Rhythms

5.04

6.

Voices from Bamboo Grove and Treetop

9.55

7.

White-browed Fantails

7.13

8.

Rufous Woodpeckers

4.34

9.

Langurs in the Sunshine

4.22

This album on our blog

Recording of 'Indian Jungle Dawn', pt.4

Shiva sleeps in the vehicle, and we often feel embarrassed to wake him predawn. but this morning he is up at 4.30 knocking on our door. The air is still, and stars shine through the branches overhead,...

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Recording of 'Indian Jungle Dawn', pt.5

A week later, and we have a crazy plan taking shape. In this time we have crossed Orissa, travelling firstly to Kotagar forest in the southwest, and then Sunaberra in the far west of the state. The...

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Recording of 'Indian Jungle Dawn', pt.1

The story of how we came to make this recording begins not in the depths of the forest, but like many of our endeavours in India, in a major city, chasing down bureaucrats. We have arrived in B...

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Recording of 'Indian Jungle Dawn', pt.2

We drive round a corner to find a dozen villagers running along the road ahead of us. They cast anxious glances behind them as they scatter, but smile as we pull alongside. An animated conversation en...

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Recording of 'Indian Jungle Dawn', pt.3

Back at the 'Bison Room', a busload of Indian picnickers has arrived out front, and any peace is shattered by the excited screams of children and a boombox Bollywood soundtrack. The riverfront at Tika...

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Recording in India 2006, an introduction

India may seem like an unlikely destination to experience the wilds of nature. With a population of over a billion people, are there any places in the subcontinent that human presence has not over...

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