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Soundscape : Huon Peninsula, Papua New Guinea
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This is an edit of recordings from the highland rainforests of the Huon Peninsula in Papua New Guinea. These recordings were made during a recent trip to PNG with several colleagues from the Australian Wildlife Sound Recording Group. This edit contains some highlights from the four weeks we spent trekking and recording in the mountain forests above 2000m. In the near future I'll be making these recordings available in full, but for now, this is some of what we encountered.

Natural soundscape
In the Refuge of a Fern Gully: Album Sample
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Birdsong filters through tall eucalypt forest in Australia's eastern highlands. It is a sunny morning, the day after unsettled weather, and a strong breeze is still moving through trees up on surrounding ridges. But down in the shelter of a narrow gully, among tree ferns and dense shrubs, birds find refuge from the elements. Here, even though there is no running water, the ground is moist and plant growth is dense. The birdsong heard is typical of these upland forests; golden whistlers, fantails, yellow-faced honeyeaters and grey shrike-thrushes call from the forest midstory. Meanwhile, smaller birds flit among low shrubs; scrub-wrens, spinebills, fairy-wrens and thornbills. From not far off, a superb lyrebird is heard giving a variety of percussive and sonorous vocalisations. This is a single continuous recording, with an interesting diversity birdsong and just a little of that ridgetop breeze to give a sense of the landscape. 3 minute audio sample from the 70 minute nature sound recording; "In the Refuge of the Fern Gully", available for download from OR - listen to the whole recording at:

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Hydrophone Recording from Salt Caves Dam, Pilliga Forest, Late Afternoon
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Hydrophone recording aquatic insects in Salt Caves Dam, late afternoon, during the Australian Wildlife Sound Recording Group's workshop at Baradine, NSW. Recorded using Aquarian hydrophones into Zoom H5. Recording by Leah Barclay

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Glossy Black Cockatoos at Salt Caves Dam, Pilliga Forest
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Glossy Black Cockatoos fly in to drink at a small bush dam at sunset. These rare birds are spectacular to see. This recording was made during the 2017 Australian Wildlife Sound Recording Group's workshop at Baradine NSW, with over a dozen of us sitting quietly recording as the sun went down. Also coming to the water were Bronzewing Pigeons, Honeyeaters, Wallabies, an Emu and Kangaroos. Recorded with SASS/MKH20s into an SD722 recorder.

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Morning Soundscapes from the Biebrza Marshes: Album Sample
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A journey in sound through one of the last untamed river valleys in Europe – the Biebrza in Poland. 3 minute audio sample from the 104 minute nature sound recording; "Morning Soundscapes from the Biebrza Marshes" by Izabela Dluzyk, available for download from

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Morning at the Lutownia River: Album Sample
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A single-take recording of a morning soundscape made near the Lutownia river in the Bialowieza primeval forest in Poland. 3 minute audio sample from the 65 minute nature sound recording; "Morning at the Lutownia River" by Izabela Dluzyk, available for download from

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Honeyeaters Sing in an Outback Dawn: Album Sample
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This recording brings you a complete dawn chorus from the Sturt Desert in Australia's outback, from predawn to sunrise. 3 minute audio sample from the 76 minute nature sound recording; "Honeyeaters Sing in an Outback Dawn", available for download from

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The River Forest: Album Sample
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The Murray River drains a huge area of southeastern Australia, in its lower reaches forming a deep-flowing river lined with extensive red gum forests. In years of drought, the mouth of the river can receive so little flow as to silt up. But in flood, waters spread out into billabongs and wetlands, replenishing the land and nourishing these majestic riverine forests. This recording comes from mid morning in the red gum forest. Birdsong is spacious and often distant. Pied and grey butcherbirds call melodiously, along with the whistles of mulga parrots, the piping of magpie larks and the occasional distant screech of a white cockatoo. Crinia frogs call intermittently from moist areas on the forest floor. Small birds dart among the canopy; fantails, honeyeaters and flycatchers. Meanwhile a soft buzz of insects fills the warm air. As with our other 'meditations in nature' series, this is a single unedited recording, and a good example of a morning when at first it seems there is little going on, but the more one listens, the more you hear. 3 minute audio sample from the 62 minute nature sound recording; "The River Forest", available for download from

Honeyeater dawn chorus, Sturt Desert, Australia
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An excerpt from a dawn chorus recorded recently in the Sturt desert, Australia. Eremophilas were flowering, and this had attracted numerous honeyeaters, among them white-fronted honeyeaters. These birds have a 'pinball wizard' dawn song, with chimes, percussive twangs and ricochets of rapid 'tch, tch, tch's. This is the moment when a second bird joins in with a first, creating a rhythmic countersong that alternates between the stereo channels. A spiney-cheeked honeyeater sings tonally in the centre, while magpies, red-capped robins and variegated fairy wrens are more in the background. Red kangaroos can be heard huffing occasionally in the distance. I plan on publishing the entire dawn sequence soon on

The Dancing Brolgas of Ooroolanie: Album Sample
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Against the low rise of a dune in the flat, arid country of outback Australia, waters from recent rains have collected, forming a broad and shallow wetland dotted with sparse vegetation. Nomadic birdlife has gathered here to breed and feed, taking full advantage of this ephemeral opportunity. Among them, a pair of stately brolgas - Australia's native crane. In the dark before dawn, black-tailed nativehens cackle and splash in the shallows. Other waterfowl include pink-eared ducks, teal and coots. Lewin's rail patrol the shallows, giving gruff calls, while black swans wheeze tonally from the deeper reaches. With first light, the songbirds begin. The steady, morse-code tones of little grassbirds are heard prominently, plus the cheerful trills of fairy-wrens. Small flocks of blue-winged parrots tinkle delicately as they wing overhead, and ravens call laconically in the distance. Suddenly the loud trumpeting of the brolgas rings out across the landscape from the far side of the wetland. With heads back and wings wide, they engage in a light-footed hopping and bobbing dance of courtship, eventually settling down to resume their steady promenade along the foreshore. This is a rich soundscape, full of life, texture and activity. 3 minute audio sample from the 92 minute nature sound recording; "The Dancing Brolgas of Ooroolanie", available for download from

Khao Yai Rainforest - Album sample
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In the depths of the tropical rainforest of Khao Yai, birdsong filters down like shafts of sunlight through the dense foliage above. Bulbuls, barbets, drongos, flycatchers, doves and laughing thrushes are heard calling occasionally during their forays through the canopy. Meanwhile a soft susuration of insects permeates the tropical air as the morning progresses. From far off in the distance come faint hints of gibbon song. This is a single track, unedited recording, a spacious ambience changing gradually as time passes. 3 minute audio sample from the 87 minute nature sound recording; "Khao Yai Rainforest", available for download from

Echoes from the Ancient Forest - Album Sample
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by Izabela Dluzyk In central Europe, in the borderland between Poland and Belarus where two Slavic cultures meet, there lies an ancient, primeval forest. Here for thousands of years, nature has lived by its own rules. This is the Bialowieza Forest. Bialowieza is a last memento of truly virgin forests that used to cover European lowlands centuries ago. The mysterious ancient woodland, full of entanglements of fallen trees and whispers of the wind, brimming with birdsong in the spring and with roars of rutting red deer in the autumn, looks at us from the height of several hundred year old oaks and spruces. Mutilated throughout the ages, stripped of plants and animals, yet against odds always throbbing with life, it has survived till the present day as a biosphere reserve. But most of all it has survived as a legacy, as a task for humanity. Izabela Comments: This album contains recordings made in Bialowieza in May 2015, both in the primeval forest and on meadows in the Narewka river valley. The recordings have not been processed or modified in any way. They provide a faithful picture of what nature itself intended to present. I deeply wish them to describe, in nature's own words, the unique beauty hidden in this remarkable place, and to reveal at least a tiny bit of the mystery of the soul of the primeval forest of Bialowieza - ancient, but always young and alive. 3 minute audio sample from the 66 minute nature sound album; "Echoes from the Ancient Forest", by Izabela Dluzyk, available for download purchase from

PIBO stereo microphone array demonstration
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This recording shows the stereo rendering of the experimental Pair of Independently Baffled Omnis (BIPO) microphone array. The recording was made in temperate rainforest about 20 meters from a roadway. A vehicle passes by, giving an opportunity to hear the continuum of the stereo field. More info on this experimental microphone array here: There is a comparison of this microphone array with a SASS here:

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Comparison of field microphone arrays: SASS vs PIBO
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This clip presents two simultaneously captured field recordings, made on two different microphone arrays, set up side by side, to compare their ability to render a natural soundscape. The first example was recorded on a SASS unit modified to mount a pair of Sennheiser MKH20 omni microphones. The second was made by a pair of independently baffled omnis (PIBO) on a T-bar. Microphones in this rig were Audio Technica 3032s. Description of this experimental rig can be found here: Both recordings were made on Sound Devices 7 series recorders. The recording is of birdsong from east Gippsland, Australia. Distant vehicles and wave wash provide some spacial texture. The recordings have been balanced for ambient volume, but otherwise unprocessed. The raw wav file may be downloaded for critical listening. My assessment of this trial is that the SASS creates a subjectively wider stereo image, probably due to its 'wings', however the PIBO rig is more balanced without any muffled sound sources as it has no rear 'shadow'. Considering the irregularities of sound in natural environments, the differences discernable are relatively slight, and far less than other stereo mic arrays I am familiar with. Both these rigs do a very fine job. The PIBO is light, compact, versatile, simple to make, inexpensive, and may be a worthy option for any field recordist wishing to explore soundscapes. There is another example of this mic array here:

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The Gulf Country - Album sample
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This soundscape from Australia's tropical north is one of the most spectacularly biodiverse we encountered in this part of the country. The Gulf Country is a region of northern Australia, where open grassland and scattered woodlands drain across flat lands to the Gulf of Carpentaria. It is a tropical savannah landscape, with a distinct wet and dry season, and the mosaic of habitats make for a complex mix of species. This recording captures a single morning from dawn onwards, as birds move around the woodland, feeding and socialising. There is such a diversity I can only begin to mention species, but lorikeets, friarbirds, whistlers, butcherbirds, babblers, weebills, apostlebirds, honeyeaters, gerygones, coucals and orioles are prominent. Kangroos can also be heard huffing, and as the morning warms up a soft hum of bush flies emerges. The recording location is on the eastern edge of the gulf country, and hence you'll hear both species characteristic of the region, and others from more easterly distributions. It is a rich mix! 3 minute audio sample from the 97 minute nature sound album; "The Gulf Country - Northern Australia", available for download from

The Last Wild Island, Tetepare - Album sample
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Tetepare is a wilderness island of the Solomons group in the western Pacific. It is entirely covered in primary rainforest, and one of the few places where the nature of this region can be found and heard intact. Elsewhere throughout the Solomons, timber companies have stripped the forests to the detriment of not only the ecosystems and surrounding reefs, but often the livelihood of traditional peoples. Tetepare is sadly the last, truly wild island. We begin listening as surf breaks on the barrier reef that surrounds the island. Then, in the darkenss before dawn, we move into the primary rainforest itself. Kingfishers, megapodes, cuckoos, owls, insects and horned frogs call in dark. The ethereal piping of monarchs signals the coming dawn, and with it are heard the soft songs of the island's endemic white-eyes. Later, the forest presents a diversity of tropical birdsong; metallic starlings feed nearby, lorikeets screech as they wing overhead, singing parrots and ducorp's cockatoos give melodious cries, fruit pigeons boom deeply, while cicadas chorus in gentle waves. The sounds of two species are especially impressive; the un-bird-like growls of buff-breasted coucals, and the calls of magnificent blythe's hornbills as they move around the forest on heavy wingbeats. 3 minute audio sample from the 80 minute nature sound album; "The Last Wild Island - Tetepare", available for download from

Campinarama - The Unheard Amazon - Album Sample
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The Amazon is certainly one of the most impressive wild places in the world. Many soundscapes from the Amazon basin are recorded in dense rainforest, with its high canopy, humid air and abundant mosquitos! This album however, is completely different. It will take you to an unexplored area of this forest. Welcome to the Campinarama, the unheard Amazon. The Campinarama region is located north of the equator in the state of Roraima, Brazil. These recordings were made in Viruá National Park, an area that is currently closed to the public for conservation purposes. The Campinarama looks like an open prairie, composed of high trees, grassy areas, and wetlands. Here are found very different bird species than the rainforest - kingfishers, tinamous, woodpeckers, woodcreepers, and many waterbirds. In these five tracks, you are invited you to connect with this relatively unknown place. 3 minute audio sample from the 79 minute nature sound album; "Campinarama - The Unheard Amazon", by Juan Pablo Culasso, available for download from

Karri and Jarrah, The Great Forests of Southwest Australia - Album Sample
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The wetter region of far southwestern Australia is home to ancient, towering stands of Karri and Jarrah. These two eucalypt species have been highly prized for their timber, however significant relic forests remain in reserves. These forests flower in spring, producing an exuberance of nectar that attracts crazy flocks of lorikeets and numerous honeyeaters. Pumped up on sugar, they skitter around the canopy, calling extrovertly. But among the partying, there is far more to hear: pardalottes pipe sweetly while gleaning among leaves, the cries of Black Cockatoos echo as they wing lazily between the trees, tiny thornbills and wrens twitter close by from the shrubby midstory, and flycatchers sing pleasantly between airborn forays in search of insects. This album comprises a single recording, taking you into the heart of these lofty forests on a sunlit, spring morning. This is a 3 minute audio sample from the 78 minute nature sound album; "Karri and Jarrah - The Great Forests of Southwest Australia", available for download from

'Bialowieza 2 - Riverine Scenes' by Geoff Sample - Album Sample
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In the far north-east of Poland, extending over the border into Belarus, is the vast Bialowieza Forest, containing some of the largest surviving fragments of the primeval forest of the north European Plain. In this varied forest landscape, with its mysterious vastness, undulating from riverine swamps to drier plateaux, you become immersed in some of the most resonant avian soundscapes of European woodland. The area is low-lying and fairly flat, crossed by several slow-flowing rivers. Along some sections of these rivers there are quite wide corridors of more open habitat, with marshes, pools, sedge meadows and reed-beds, all interspersed with patches of shrubbery. These intergrading riverine habitats have an interesting mix of forest and wetland birds and remain lush with song for much of the day and into the night. The dampness and warmth in spring give rise to frequent overnight mists and heavy dews: mosquitoes thrive here, providing an abundant source of food for the insectivorous birds, but a challenge for any human visitor wanting to sit still for longer periods. This album features a selection of scenes that have stuck with me: in the 10 years that have elapsed since my visits there, I keep returning to these recordings and still find them enthralling. Tracks 1 to 4, then 9 and 10, are all taken around the same clearing on the Narewka river just beyond the outskirts of Bialowieza village; tracks 5 to 8 are from further out along the riversides. The scenes take us through the course of a morning; then the final track is the evening chorus, roughly back where we began. All the tracks except the last (evening) are segued together, reflecting the continuity of locations, times and community. This is a 3 minute audio sample from the 82 minute nature sound album; "Bialowieza II - Riverine Scenes", by Geoff Sample, available for download from

'Bialowieza I' by Geoff Sample - Album Sample
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In the far north-east of Poland, extending over the border into Belarus, is the vast Białowieża Forest, containing some of the largest surviving fragments of the primeval forest of the north European Plain. This album comprises four tracks recorded at dawn and dusk in an area of mixed forest a little to the north-west of Białowieża village. The first track is over one hour of continuous dawn chorus, one of the richest I’ve ever experienced, under the towering presence of the old Stara oaks. A wide variety of forest birds make up the chorus, which diffuses into the resonant distance of this woodland soundscape. A collared flycatcher, one of the characteristic birds of the forest, can be heard singing for most of the way through the session; its atonal melodies seem to provide a unifying strand threading through the themes of other species. Black woodpecker activity is intermittent throughout, hammering, drumming and calling, and a pair of ravens comes and goes. Then there are three shorter tracks taken from nearby locations at dusk, where the spacious acoustic of this wonderful place is even more emphatic. This is a 3 minute audio sample from the 97 minute nature sound album; "Bialowieza I - Stara Twilight", by Geoff Sample, available for download from