Running Time:

72 min

Release Date:

November 2010

Recording Location:

Demerkazik Gorge, Taurus Mountains, Southern Turkey.
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Echoes in a Secret Gorge

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

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, an extraordinary symphony of sheep bells echoes in the natural amphitheatre.

This is a hauntingly beautiful recording from a secret landscape.

Audio sample of this album

1.

The First Birdsong of the Predawn: Rock Thrush

3.28

2.

Reverberations off the Rock Walls: Scops Owl

4.27

3.

A Voice drifting down from the High Crags: Caspian Snowcock

14.11

4.

Sentinels against the Skyline: Chukars

4.56

5.

Daylight Reaches the Depths of the Gorge: Great Tit and Wrens

7.55

6.

Black Redstart, Ibex and Red-fronted Serins

4.50

7.

Soaring above the Peaks: Golden Eagle and Choughs

5.22

8.

Aerial Acrobatics in the Late Afternoon: Alpine Swifts

16.24

9.

From the High Pastures: A Symphony of Sheep Bells

10.21

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