Australian Bird Calls:
The bird calls on this CD include 82 species, most
of which were recorded in the vicinity of Broome Bird Observatory. Forty four
of these species are shorebirds, and it is likely that some of their
calls, especially those of migrating flocks, have not been published previously.
Most bird enthusiasts will know that observing shorebirds is a highly
visual experience, but may not be aware of the wide range of their calls.
Bird Observatory is on the shores of Roebuck Bay and lies 25 road kilometres
to the south east of Broome township. The large congregations of shorebirds
at Roebuck Bay are internationally well known. Each year enthusiasts with an interest in shorebirds and their
migration, come to the bird observatory to experience the phenomenon
of the incredible number of waders comprising many species. The calls
of the shorebirds on this CD are mainly the result of a six week visit
during March/April 1999 to record single species flocks as they departed
on their annual migration to the northern hemisphere, where they breed.
The CD also features the calls of 40 species other than
shorebirds, including all the mangrove species as well as a number
of bush birds of the immediate region. Bird enthusiasts with an interest
in calls of song birds will be amazed at just how different are the calls of
some common species in this region compared with calls of the same species in other parts
of Australia. English names and sequence follow Christidis and Boles,
1994 in the Taxonomy and Species of the Birds of Australia and its Territories.
A useful adjunct to this CD is The Birds of Broome, 1995 published by
the Broome Bird Observatory.
This CD has been produced with the support of the Broome Bird Observatory.
69 minutes 12 seconds
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