The sounds which emerge during the Australian night are often louder than those during the day. Once the sun sets here the night air is filled with the rhythms and drones of nature. Listening to the interplay of sounds between different species can be quite mesmerising. At any time of the night it is possible to awaken to these sounds, their familiarity being a friendly voice from the darkness:
The valley acts as a natural ampitheatre, carrying the nocturnal sounds of a swamp up towards us. Frogs, toads, and bats create a distinct nightly soundscape. The dense humidity of the night cannot be separated from its sounds.
Meanwhile down on the flats individual sounds can be heard more precisely:
This high-pitched flat-lined sound fades in and out throughout the night. The energy that is expended creating it must be remarkable.
These animals have evolved to create vocalisations which are piercing and distinct, enabling them to survive under the cover of darkness.
For me the sounds of the night create a rewarding sonic experience. Without the distraction of visual cues we are forced to rely upon our auditory senses. It is always enriching to listen to the shadows, imagining the life that exists within them.