Dayboro Dawn-Chorus

This Sunday morning I awoke early and decided to ‘create’ some ‘soundscapes’ of the dawn-chorus at Morris St, Dayboro, SE Queensland, there was little human-interference and surprisingly few dogs barking. I made the first using a Zoom F1 recorder and XYH-6 Microphone capsule (Two Matched Unidirectional Microphones)  Currently the figtree in the backyard is heavy with fruit and several exotic-shrubs are heavy with blossom, making the area a magnet for ‘frugivores’ such as Barred Cuckooshrike and Australasian Figbirds and nectar-eaters like Little Wattlebirds and Lewin’s Honeyeaters. Unfortunately due to size-constraints I’ve only ‘uploaded’ converted (and slightly-edited) mp3 file-formats.



Australasian Figbird

As I was trying to test various microphones I also made another ‘soundscape’ with the same recorder (Zoom F1) and an SSH-6 Stereo Shotgun Microphone but was a little disappointed with the ‘clarity’ obtained. Barred Cuckooshrikes can be heard, and several male Leaden Flycatchers were competing.


Barred Cuckooshrike

Recently, I discovered some interesting new free music-software called “Sonic Visualiser” and wondered if it could be a useful-tool in the bioacoustic field. I haven’t really had time to ‘play’ with it but will pursue it further in the future.

Sonic Visualiser

Please listen to the soundscapes and let me know what species you can hear. I’ve found around 30 so far.


          1. Lewin’s Honeyeater
          2. Spotted Dove
          3. Grey Butcherbird
          4. Barred Cuckooshrike
          5. Scaly-breasted Lorikeet
          6. Yellow-faced Honeyeater
          7. Australian King-parrot
          8. Sacred Kingfisher
          9. Little Wattlebird
          10. Rainbow Lorikeet
          11. Magpie-lark
          12. Australasian Figbird
          13. Restless Flycatcher
          14. Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
          15. Noisy Miner
          16. Welcome Swallow
          17. Olive-backed Oriole
          18. Pied Butcherbird
          19. Leaden Flycatcher
          20. Domestic Chicken
          21. Torresian Crow
          22. Scarlet Myzomela
          23. Long-billed Corella
          24. Crested Pigeon
          25. Willie Wagtail
          26. Bell Miner
          27. Spangled Drongo
          28. Channel-billed Cuckoo
          29. Grey Shrike-thrush
          30. White-bellied Cuckooshrike


Bird-activity is ‘hotting-up’ in South-east Queensland and so I decided to record some local soundscapes for future reference.

These two were both recorded at the southern corner of Hillview Reserve near Dayboro, try and see how many species you can identify. (hint: I’ve found 2 easy ones and ‘annotated’ part of the spectrogram)

Note: the first is 42 minutes long, second around 10 minutes.

Ogg format/Higher quality conversion

Mp3 format/Lower quality conversion




Ogg format/Higher quality conversion

Mp3 format/Lower quality conversion

Golden Whistler

Have a listen to these three Golden Whistlers having an ‘argument’ (2 males and a female)

3 Golden Whistlers

Ogg format/Higher quality conversion

Mp3 format/Lower quality conversion