Running Time:

60 min

Release Date:

December 2007

Recording Location:

Boojamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park

On the Banks of the Emerald River

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.

Audio sample of this album


Barking Owl and the Crescent Moon



Mighty Voices (Channel-billed Cuckoos and Blue-winged Kookaburras)



Honeyeaters Greet the Day



The Dawn Chorus Intensifies



Peaceful Doves Awake



Little Shrike-thrush Countersongs



White-gaped Honeyeaters



The Black-chinned Honeyeater



The White-browed Robin



Cuckoos Return



Family of Purple-crowned Fairy Wrens


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Recordings from Australia's tropical north

In the spring of last year, we spent 6 weeks in the tropical north of Queensland, travelling to country known as The Gulf Savannah. A highlight was Lawn Hill National Park in the far north west of ...

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