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Dunkeld’s morning chorus (birdsong) – Sep 2012

I sacrificed my usual non-work-day-sleep-ins for a very worthy cause while on a long weekend stay at Dunkeld, at the southern end of the Grampians in western Victoria last September.
The cause? To take photos for our annual calendar! Well, our location made it so much easier. We had finally returned to the Royal Mail Hotel (3hrs or so west of Melbourne) after an absence of 3yrs 9mths & 14days. The place we’ve been talking about returning to for longer than any other!
While I was standing on the veranda to our room (barefoot & in my PJ’s) photographing the fog roll over the mountains and through the trees, I realised that the bush was pretty loud. When I went back out a few minutes later the cacophony hadn’t stopped. And it was still going half an hour after that.
I remembered the term ‘morning chorus’ and, you know, I don’t think I’ve ever heard a more varied and continuous example of birdsong. So the following morning I decided to record some of it.
This is just a short snippet of what we enjoyed, and not all of the birds we heard or saw are included, but it’s a reasonable sample, I think.
Please turn the volume up when you play this. An iPhone is good for spur of the moment situations, but I’m seriously considering taking proper recording equipment next time.