Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Annual Studies - Rainbow lorikeet sounds

Annual Studies - Grey Shrike-thrush sounds

The main gender of these mp3 audio files is of one particular local male Grey Shrike-thrush. He grew up in the immediate vicinity and made this area his home. It took him 3 tries before he got it right with a female. He only came into breeding age this year and had a lot to learn. He is now a father of 2 children.

The typical call of a Grey Shrike-thrush (male). You can usually identify this species by this typical call sound.

8 October 2012 - The first phase of a male's mating call. It's call is calm but persistent.

8 October 2012 - The male successfully attracts his very first female in hope to breed with her in his chosen area. The female first calls out followed by the male. The male is the loudest bird in this audio clip.

8 October 2012 - The female goes quiet moments later so he begins calling out to her again.

9 October 2012 - The male trying to lure a female to the area of his choice. The female was interested in him but wouldn't come any closer to where he was.

9 October 2012 - Failing to keep the female's interest later that day the male begins to call out to attract another female. This time he has changed his call.

Annual Studies - Eastern Spinebill sounds

| In time this player will be added to. It is a matter of being in the right place at the right time with this bird species.

Annual Studies - Torresian Crow sounds

Annual Studies - Superb Fairy Wren sounds

Here is some of the audio recordings I have so far of the Superb Fairy Wrens.

20 August 2012 - A lone male seen landing in a bush, called out, then it flew away.

11 September 2012 - Male and female intentionally looking in my bedroom window at me. It looked like the male was getting the female to look in my bedroom window at me. The male makes the short chirps; the female makes the long trilling sounds.

2 October 2012 - Superb Fairy Wrens squabbling amongst themselves.

Annual Studies - Red Wattlebird sounds

The sounds made by various generations of Red Wattlebirds.

14 August 2012 - A Red Wattlebird successfully retrieved a thread from the rug on my clothesline. It was collecting nesting material for it's nest. It made 2 calls then flew away.

8 October 2012 - The typical call of the Red Wattlebird which can be heard throughout an entire year. This call does not change.

Annual Studies - Eastern Rosella sounds

Eastern Rosellas seem to have a large variety of sounds which they make throughout the course of a year. They seem to make more sounds than any other Parrot or Lorikeet in the area. They come second behind the Pied Butcherbird for the variety of different sounds they make.

Actually, some of the Eastern Rosella calls are hard to identify as they sometimes sound similiar to Rainbow Lorikeets. Their range of pitch can vary from a low pitch - a whisper (usually when a bird is by itself in a tree) to a loud screech-like sound (when taking flight if disturbed. They can even go higher and make trilling sounds and a whole host of other sounds and vocal patterns. Some of their sounds I can't identify as an Eastern Rosella sound until they make the typical Eastern Rosella sound. At this point in time I have not been able to identify which gender is which with these birds, even though a pair breeds and roosts within 300 metres from my front door and hang around the area all the time.

The sound files below are taken over a 12 month period, on various days. If new sounds are recorded/heard they will be added to this page when they become available. I have more sounds currently waiting to be uploaded and added to this page.

IDENTIFICATION CALL - You can usually identify most Eastern Rosella calls by the fact they often make this sound below. It seems to be the basic foundation "sound" for their entire vocalization. A Willy Wagtail sound is at the end of this clip - sorry about that.

01 April 2012 - An Eastern Rosella mimicking a Bell Miner. Sorry about the poor quality audio. I'll replace this audio as soon as I can. This mimicry only began here in 2012.

4 August 2012 - Eastern Rosellas chasing each other in and out of a tree.

5 August 2012 - A lone bird calling for it's family

14 September 2012 - A lone Eastern Rosella was at the top of a decidious tree breaking off the tips of the branches and chewing on them whilst making all these calls.

6 October 2012 - This sound was heard roughly at the beginning of the breeding season and continues months after the young have left the nest to join the rest of the family group. It is more common to hear this sound in the late afternoon and during roosting. Only one individual of the entire family group is heard making this sound.

10 October 2012

6 November 2012 - This is the sound mostly just of one Eastern Rosella possibly sitting on eggs (or feeding their chick) in their nest calling out to it's mate. The nest was in a hollow of a branch high up in a Eucalypt tree. The bird was seen preening itself on a branch after it's mate showed up and headed for the nest.

8 February 2013 - A sort of Eastern Rosella rolling laughter sound. This sound is only heard, rather infrequently, not long after their offspring have left the nest and before the breeding season begins again.
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