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

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