Category Archive for 'Australia'

. It is always a pleasure to speak before a curious audience about soundscapes, nature and birdsong. Last Friday I was invited to talk in Dunkeld by the local Landcare group, and premiered my a presentation: ‘Soundscapes through the Seasons’, showing how our local natural soundscapes change over the course of the year. After all […]

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We have just returned from 23 days walking the Larapinta Trail, which snakes its way for 223km – up ridge and down gorge – through the Macdonnell Ranges in arid central Australia. Tweet

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Birdsong has evolved over immense periods of time, and with Australia’s Robins, you can hear that evolution in the songs these birds sing today. Where we live in southern Australia, there are four closely related, ‘red-breasted’, Robin species (note these are Australian Robins of the Petroicidae family – unrelated to the European or American Robins): […]

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On my walk this morning I came across a small flock of Striated Thornbills feeding in the canopy. Here are a few photos of them… These pics were not easy to get, as thornbills are continually on the move – even on this crisp and cold morning, when we awoke to our first overnight frost […]

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Sonogram of Frog calls

Summer Frog Chorus, featuring Pobblebonks, Marsh Frogs and Crinias by Listening Earth After 11 years of deep drought in southern Australia, we have finally had record-breaking rains, and the landscape is coming back to life. Tweet

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Australian bush summer dawn chorus by Listening Earth It is getting on for late summer, and the dawn chorus around our home is thinning out – it is still rich, but not as diverse or layered as even a few weeks ago. Tweet

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In recent years, we have occasionally seen Square-tailed Kites cruising over the forest around our home. This has captured our attention because not only are they rare birds for our area, but they’re magnificent and graceful on the wing; quite large raptors with long wings, distinctly fingered primaries, and pale heads. Tweet

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The Jewel and the Golden Orb spiders are two of the more common we have in the forest out the back of our place. The last couple of weeks the bush has been booby trapped with their webs – when I have been walking or bike riding I often come back veiled in cobwebs. So, […]

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Pied Butcherbird singing at dawn, Darwin, NT by Listening Earth We recently received an email from a listener asking whether we had any recordings of Pied Butcherbirds from ‘up north’. Tweet

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Saraband for a Butcherbird – Mark de Brito by Listening Earth Transcribing birdsong to musical notation is problematic, if not well-nigh impossible. Birdsong is just too sonically complex. However the songs of some species do lend themselves to musical interpretation, and the sublime melodic phrases of Australia’s Pied Butcherbird have long fascinated musicians. Tweet

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